Residence rules

To be eligible for Special Benefit you must meet the residence rules.

On the day you claim you must be all of the following:

You must also have one of the following:

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.

Page last updated: 15 June 2023.
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