New Zealand Citizen and Australian Pension.

Australian Aged Pension for New Zealand Citizens.

To get most Centrelink payments in Australia you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian resident.
  • meet the eligibility rules for the payment.
  • serve any waiting periods.

What is an Australian Resident for Centrelink purposes?

You’re an Australian resident if … Read the rest

Australian Aged Pension and Work Bonus

How does the Work Bonus apply to the Australian Aged Pension.

Australians getting the Aged Pension are allowed to earn a small amount each fortnight, without affecting the amount they receive as their pension.

The basic rule is that their pension is NOT affected if they receive under $178 per … Read the rest

Social Security Legislation Amendment 2021.

The following Social Security Legislation Amendment 2021 was introduced into parliament on 27 May 2021.

If the legislation is passed, the new employment services model will come into effect from July 1, 2022, in just over 1 years time.

Peter Davidson, Australian Council of Social Services advisor, said: “We Read the rest

Parental Leave Pay Waiting Period Eligibility.

Parental Leave Pay Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP).

Many Centrelink Government benefits will have either a 2 or 4 year newly arrived resident’s waiting period before becoming eligible to claim them.

From January 2022, many of those that are currently a TWO year newly arrived resident’s waiting period will … Read the rest

Centrelink: Residency for Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy Residency rules from Centrelink.

To get the Child Care subsidy you, or your partner, must meet the residence rules.

You or your partner must be living in Australia and have one of the following:

  • Australian citizenship
  • a permanent visa
  • a Special Category visa
  • a certain temporary visa
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Budget 2021 – Benefits for New Migrants

Four Year Benefits wait for New Migrants.

Australian Budget 2021.

Currently there is a four-year waiting period for some government payments, such as the jobseeker unemployment benefit and youth allowance.

From January 2022, that four-year waiting period will be extended to cover more government benefits, such as family tax benefit, … Read the rest

Annual Jobseeker or Newstart increases 2016 to 2021

Australian Unemployment Benefit increases 2016 to 2021

Unemployment Benefits in Australia have recently been known as either Newstart or Jobseeker, and are increased every year by the cost of living increase for that period.

The historical rates, shown below with the annual increase, are for each single person, with no … Read the rest