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 may have to wait to get this payment. This is because there’s a newly arrived resident’s waiting period for JobSeeker Payment.

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: 1 April 2021