Encouraging Self Sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants (2017-18 MYEFO)
From 1 July 2018, pending the passage of legislation, the Government will extend the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP) for a number of welfare payments.
The measure will increase the existing NARWP for working age payments, such as Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance, from two to three years.
Other payments, including Family Tax Benefit and the Paid Parental Leave Scheme, will have a new three-year NARWP introduced.
The current Assurance of Support period that applies to family visas will also increase from two to three years, in line with the NARWP for welfare payments.
This measure will only apply to people granted permanent residency, and some temporary visas, on or after 1 July 2018.
Migrants already granted permanent residency before 1 July 2018 will not be affected by this measure.
A range of existing exemptions will be maintained to ensure appropriate protections for potential vulnerable migrants.
More information on these changes is provided in the Encouraging Self Sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants Fact Sheet.
Enhanced Residency Requirements for Pensioners (2017-18 Budget)
From 1 July 2018, pending the passage of legislation, to qualify for Age Pension or Disability Support Pension a person will be required to have 10 years continuous Australian residence, with either:
- five years of this residence being during their working life (16 years of age to Age Pension age); or
- not have been in receipt of an activity tested income support payment for a cumulative period of greater than five years.
In circumstances where the person does not meet the requirements set out above, they will be required to have 15 years continuous Australian residence before being eligible to receive the Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.
Stopping the Pension Supplement (2016-17 Budget)
Subject to the passage of legislation, the Pension Supplement Basic Amount will stop after six weeks overseas, or immediately if the recipient has permanently departed Australia from the next possible start date after royal ascent.
Currently, the Pension Supplement is reduced to the Basic Amount after six weeks temporary absence from Australia, or immediately for permanent departures.
This measure will affect income support recipients who travel outside Australia temporarily for more than six weeks or immediately if the recipient has permanently departed Australia.
This measure will reinforce and strengthen the residence based nature of Australia’s social security system.