Residence rules

There are residence rules you need to meet to get Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment or Disaster Recovery Allowance.

To meet the residence rules for Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment or Disaster Recovery Allowance, you must either:

  • be an Australian resident
  • hold an eligible visa and be living in Australia.

Australian resident

You’re an Australian resident if you live in Australia and are any of these:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent residence visa holder
  • an eligible temporary visa holder (limited subclasses as outlined below)
  • a New Zealand citizen holding a protected Special Category visa.

Permanent residence visa holder

A permanent residence visa allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely. The Department of Home Affairs issue and administer all Australian visas.

Eligible temporary visas

Eligible temporary visas for these payments include:

  • subclass 060 - Bridging visa F
  • subclass 070 - Bridging (removal pending)
  • subclass 309 - Partner (provisional)
  • subclass 449 - Humanitarian Stay
  • subclass 785 - Temporary Protection
  • subclass 786 - Temporary (Humanitarian Concern)
  • subclass 790 - Safe Haven Enterprise
  • subclass 820 - Partner (temporary)
  • subclass ZB 951 - Criminal Justice Stay.

New Zealand protected Special Category visa (SCV) holder

We generally consider you a protected SCV holder if you arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport and were any of these:

  • in Australia on 26 February 2001
  • in Australia for 12 months in the 2 years immediately before this date
  • assessed as a protected SCV holder before 26 February 2004.

New Zealand Disaster Recovery Payment and New Zealand Disaster Recovery Allowance

To meet the residence rules for New Zealand Disaster Recovery Payment or New Zealand Disaster Recovery Allowance you must be both:

  • a New Zealand citizen living in Australia
  • a non-protected Special Category visa (subclass 444) holder.

Page last updated: 3 February 2022