To qualify for a Centrelink payment you have to:
Residency rules are very complicated.
You can always claim a payment to test your eligibility.
An “Australian resident” is a person who lives in Australia and
If you are unsure about your visa, contact the Department of Immigration.
As well as being an “Australian resident’, you must “reside” in Australia to qualify for a Centrelink payment.
This is about where you actually live and where you plan to live in the future.
Your links to Australia can be shown by factors such as:
The rules are very complex.
You can claim a payment to test if there is an exemption.
Exemptions may apply to:
For further information: