On the day you claim Sickness Allowance, 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 Sickness Allowance for up to 6 months, if both of the following apply. You:
- hold a non-protected Special Category visa (SCV)
- have lived continuously in Australia for at least 10 years immediately before claiming.
Non-protected SCV holders may only get Sickness Allowance for a single period up to 6 months.
If you qualify this way, the newly arrived resident’s waiting period won’t apply.
If you've recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait to get payments or concession cards.
Page last updated: 20 March 2020
This information was printed 11 August 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/sickness-allowance/who-can-get-it/residence-rules. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.