The Department of Social Services is responsible for the formulation of policy associated with the provision of Australian income support payments for newly arrived residents and income support payments for Australians overseas, including:
What's New: From 1 January 2015, students will no longer be eligible for student payments while holidaying overseas, but will remain eligible while studying through formal overseas exchange programmes as part of their Australian qualification, receiving eligible medical treatment or attending a family crisis.
Assurance of Support
An Assurance of Support is given for migrants who enter Australia under certain visa types. It is a commitment by an Australian resident to repay certain Australian social security payments.
Comparable Foreign Payments
A Comparable Foreign Payment (CFP) is any payment from a foreign country that is paid periodically to an Australian pensioner to provide income because of retirement, disability, widowhood, or survivorship.