The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. TheĀ information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.A.130 Australian resident


The term 'Australian resident' has the same meaning as in SSAct section 7.

An Australian resident is a person who:

  • resides in Australia (1.1.A.120), and
  • is one of the following
    • an Australian citizen
    • the holder of a permanent visa (1.1.V.10), or
    • an SCV holder who is a protected SCV holder (SS Guide 9.1.3).

Note: SCV holders can fulfil the residence requirements for FTB, SIFS and CCS if they are regarded as residing in Australia. For further information refer to

Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'Australian resident', section 85BB Residency requirements

SSAct section 7(2)-'Australian resident', section 7(3) In deciding for the purposes of this Act whether or not a person is residing in Australia ā€¦

Policy reference: FA Guide Residence requirements, Verifying residence/citizenship

SS Guide 9.1.3 New Zealand citizens

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