Four Year Waiting Period for Unemployment Benefits.
For many new arrivals to Australia there is now a waiting period of 208 weeks, or 4 years, before becoming entitled to most government social security benefits, including Unemployment Benefits (Newstart Allowance).
From 1 January 2019, those who were granted a permanent visa or partner temporary visa, will have to abide by the following waiting periods:
A four-year waiting period applies to most working age payments. (This includes the Newstart Allowance (unemployment benefit))
This has been changed under the ‘Encouraging Self Sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants’, program.