Residence rules

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

We’ve temporarily removed the newly arrived resident’s waiting period for JobSeeker Payment due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about changes to the newly arrived resident’s waiting period.

You must continue to meet the residence rules for as long as you get this payment.

You may be able to get JobSeeker Payment for 6 months, if you meet 2 conditions. These are that you:

Non-protected SCV holders may only get JobSeeker Payment for a single period up to 6 months.

Page last updated: 7 August 2020