1.1.N.70 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP)
This definition applies to the following payments and benefits:
- newstart allowance,
- youth allowance,
- austudy payment,
- partner allowance,
- carer payment,
- sickness allowance,
- mobility allowance,
- special benefit,
- health care card,
- Commonwealth seniors health card, and
- pensioner education supplement.
The NARWP is the period during which a newly arrived resident is NOT eligible to receive the specified social security payments. The waiting period does not apply to all:
- payments, OR
- newly arrived residents (1.1.N.60).
A 26 week waiting period was introduced from 1 January 1993 for selected payments. From 4 March 1997, it was extended to 104 weeks and a wider range of payments.
Newly arrived resident's waiting period means:
- a CP NARWP under sections 201AA and 201AB, or
- a WA NARWP under section 408BA, or
- a YA NARWP under section 549D, or
- an Austudy NARWP under section 575D, or
- a PES NARWP under section 1061PU, or
- a NSA NARWP under sections 623A and 623B, or
- an SA NARWP under sections 696B and 696C, or
- an SpB NARWP under sections 732 and 739A, or
- a PA NARWP under sections 771HC and 771HNA, or
- a MOB NARWP under sections 1039AA and 1039AB, or
- a CSHC NARWP under section 1061ZH, or
- a YTA NARWP under sections 85 and 101 of the Student and Youth Assistance Act 1973, or
- a HCC NARWP under section 1061ZQ.
Some people are exempt from the NARWP for the above payments and benefits.
From 1 July 2006, there are 2 new definitions of 'current period as an Australian resident' and 'lone parent'. These definitions are relevant for PP, YA and NSA.
- A 'current period of an Australian resident' is where a person has been an Australian resident for an entire period and the person lodged a claim for YA, NSA or PP during the period'.
- A 'lone parent' is a person who is not a member of a couple and who has a dependent child.
A residence requirement for PP, NSA and YA is that newly arrived residents are required to have been an Australian resident in Australia for a period of, or periods totalling 104 weeks.
However, a person will not have to meet the 104 week rule if the person:
- is the principal carer of one or more children, and
- is not a member of a couple, and
- at the start of the person's current period of an Australian resident the person was not a lone parent.
The rule is similar to the exception provided to newly arrived resident parents who qualify for parenting payment when, following their Australian residency, they become single.
Act reference: SSAct section 7(4B) For the purposes of a newly arrived resident's waiting period…, section 23(1)-'newly arrived resident's waiting period', section 23(1)-'social security payment', section 623A(7) Newly arrived resident's waiting period