1.1.N.70 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP)

Usage

The NARWP applies to the following payments and benefits:

  • newstart allowance
  • youth allowance
  • parenting payment
  • special benefit
  • austudy payment
  • mobility allowance
  • sickness allowance
  • bereavement allowance
  • pensioner education supplement
  • farm household allowance
  • Commonwealth seniors health card
  • low income health care card
  • carer payment
  • parental leave pay
  • dad and partner pay
  • carer allowance
  • FTB Part A.

Definition

The NARWP is a period of time migrants must have been an Australian resident and in Australia before receiving certain payments or concession cards.

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. From 1 January 2019, the NARWP was further extended to 208 weeks for various working age payments and concession cards; and new waiting periods of 208 weeks, 104 weeks and 52 weeks were introduced for a range of other payments. From 1 January 2019:

  • a 4 year (208 week) NARWP applies to:
    • newstart allowance
    • youth allowance
    • parenting payment
    • special benefit
    • austudy payment
    • mobility allowance
    • sickness allowance
    • bereavement allowance
    • pensioner education supplement
    • farm household allowance
    • Commonwealth seniors health card
    • low income health care card
  • a 2 year (104 week) NARWP applies to:
    • carer payment
    • parental leave pay
    • dad and partner pay
  • a 1 year (52 week) NARWP applies to:
    • carer allowance
    • FTB Part A.

There is no NARWP for FTB Part B.

Under social security law, a NARWP means:

  • a CP NARWP under sections 201AA and 201AB, or
  • a CA NARWP under sections 966 and 967, or
  • a BVA NARWP under sections 322 and 323, or
  • a YA NARWP under section 549D, or
  • an Austudy NARWP under section 575D, or
  • a PES NARWP under section 1061PU, or
  • an NSA NARWP under sections 623A and 623B, or
  • an SA NARWP under sections 696B and 696C, or
  • an SpB NARWP under sections 739A, or
  • a MOB NARWP under sections 1039AA and 1039AB, or
  • a CSHC NARWP under section 1061ZH, or
  • a PP NARWP under section 500X and 500Y, or
  • a HCC NARWP under section 1061ZQ.

See FA Guide and PPL Guide for details of NARWP for FTB Part A, PLP and DAPP.

Note: The NARWP also applies to the farm household allowance (FHA). FHA is paid under the Farm Household Support Act 2014 on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The NARWP for FHA operates similarly to the NARWP for NSA. Please refer to NSA for policy guidance.

Note: A NARWP applies to PA under section 771GNA (3.3.1.10). However, as PA has been closed to new entrants since 20 September 2003, this information is for historical purposes only.

There are a number of exemptions from the NARWP and situations where a NARWP does not apply. These exemptions are listed in 3.1.2.70 and 3.1.2.43.

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'

Farm Household Support Act 2014 section 42 Newly arrived resident's waiting period

Policy reference: SS Guide 2.2.4.50 Verifying Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period, 3.1.2.40 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP), 3.1.2.70 Exemptions from Waiting Periods

Last reviewed: 2 January 2019