9.1 Citizenship & visas


The Australian social security system is founded on the concepts of residence and need. To qualify for Australian social security payments, a person is usually required to be an Australian resident ( The type of visa a person holds, or whether they have Australian citizenship, is fundamental to meeting the definition of Australian resident and the residential qualification requirements for social security payments.

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Last reviewed: 4 January 2022