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New Zealand citizens claiming payments in Australia

If you’re a New Zealand citizen living in Australia you may be eligible to get Centrelink payments or concession cards.

  1. Residence rules
  2. Newly arrived resident's waiting period

Exemptions to the newly arrived resident's waiting period

After you arrive in Australia, there can be a waiting period to get some of our payments and concessions. Find out if you may not have to wait this period.

  1. Moving to Australia
  2. Migrating

Support for Ukrainian nationals in Australia

If you have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine, we can help you with payments and support while you’re in Australia.

  1. Income test
  2. Income

Income from outside Australia

Income you get from outside Australia can count in your income test.

  1. Top payments
  2. Special Benefit

Who can get Special Benefit

You may get Special Benefit if you aren’t eligible for any other income support. You’ll need to meet some rules.

  1. Who can get it
  2. Residence rules

Newly arrived resident's waiting period

If you’ve recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait to get payments or concession cards.

  1. Carer Allowance
  2. Who can get it

Residence rules for Carer Allowance

To be eligible for Carer Allowance you must meet the residence rules.

  1. Age Pension
  2. Who can get it

Residence rules for Age Pension

To be eligible for Age Pension you must meet the residence rules.

  1. Moving to Australia
  2. Most useful information

Claim for Special Benefit form (SU004)

Use this form to claim Special Benefit if you’re in financial hardship and you aren’t eligible for any other income support.

  1. Top payments
  2. Special Benefit

How much Special Benefit you can get

The amount of Special Benefit you can get depends on your circumstances.

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