On the day you claim JobSeeker Payment, you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.
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:
- hold a non-protected Special Category visa (SCV)
- have lived in Australia without a break for at least 10 years right before you claim.
Non-protected SCV holders may only get JobSeeker Payment for a single period up to 6 months.
Page last updated: 7 August 2020
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