How does Australia define an Australian resident?

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What is an Australian Resident?

That is a simple question, but maybe complex to answer, as there are a few different definitions.

Some say it is a person that is resident in Australia, ie: Living in Australia.

The Australian Tax Office have a definition for Australian Tax Resident, and that covers a wide range of people that spend time in Australia, no matter what their Nationality or visa status.

Centrelink define it as either:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent residence visa holder
  • a protected Special Category visa (SCV) holder.

So; One government department might say that they consider a short term (2 year) working visa holder as Australian Resident, for tax purposes, but another government department would state that the same person is NOT an Australian Resident.


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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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