On the day you claim you must be all of the following:
- living in Australia
- physically in Australia.
You must also have one of the following:
- Australian citizenship
- a permanent visa
- a protected Special Category visa
- a certain temporary visa, that is a partner provisional or temporary protection type visa.
To keep getting your payment, you must be living in Australia as an Australian resident or the holder of one of these visas.
When you need to wait
If you’ve recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait 2 or 4 years to get this payment. There are some exemptions to this. Read more about the newly arrived resident’s waiting period.