9.2.13 Visa subclasses 900-999 payment eligibility

Introduction

Note: The information below has been compiled by DSS as a guide only. It only covers residential qualification for social security payments and concessions for the specified visa subclasses. Visa holders must also meet other qualification requirements to receive a payment or concession card.

Visa subclasses and their conditions are the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs. Please check the Department of Home Affairs website for any updates to visa details.

Payment eligibility

Visa subclass number Visa name Permanent residence visa AoS Sponsored/ nominated Payments & concession cards residentially qualified for Additional information
956 Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant - Long Validity) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed on 23 March 2013.
976 Electronic Travel Authority (Visitor) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed on 23 March 2013.
977 Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant - Short Validity) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed on 23 March 2013.
988 Maritime Crew No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was introduced on 1 July 2007.
990 Statutory Visitor (Territorial Asylum) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed on 31 August 1994.
991 Statutory Visitor (Refugee) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed on 31 August 1994.
992 Statutory Visitor No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed on 31 August 1994.
995 Diplomatic (Temporary) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified  
998 Australian Declaratory Visa Yes - permanent (Australian citizen) No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

NARWP (Note A) and qualifying residence periods (Note B) apply.

The Australian Declaratory Visa is not a visa. It is used when an Australian citizen travels overseas on an Australian passport.

Notes

Note Explanation
A

A NARWP (1.1.N.70) of between 1 and 4 years applies to most concession cards, social security payments, FTB Part A, PLP and DAPP.

Payments subject to a NARWP are payable only if the person has either served, or is exempt from, the NARWP. Concession cards subject to a NARWP can only be issued if a person has either served, or is exempt from, the NARWP.

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

FA Guide 2.2.1.10 NARWP for FTB Part A

PPL Guide 2.2.4.30 NARWP for PLP & DAPP

B

Age and DSP have a 10 year qualifying residence requirement. Holders of permanent residence visas must satisfy the residence requirement, or be eligible for a QRE, in order to qualify for these pensions.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.4.1.10 Qualification for Age, 3.6.1.12 Qualification for DSP - 15 Hour Rule (see 'Residence qualification criteria'), 1.1.Q.35 Qualifying residence exemption (QRE)

PP, BVA and WA have a 2 year qualifying residence requirement. This qualifying residence period is served concurrently with the NARWP where both apply.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.2.40 Newly arrived resident's waiting period (NARWP)

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019