Residence rules

On the day you claim JobSeeker Payment, you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.

If you've recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you usually have to wait to get this payment. We’ve temporarily removed this newly arrived resident’s waiting period for JobSeeker Payment. This is due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must continue to meet the residence rules to keep getting this payment.

You can also get JobSeeker Payment for a single period up to 6 months if both of the following apply:

  • you hold a non-protected Special Category visa (SCV)
  • you’ve lived in Australia without a break for at least 10 years right before you claim.

Page last updated: 11 November 2020