9.2.4 Visa subclasses 200-299 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
200 Refugee Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

 
201 In-Country Special Humanitarian Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

 
202 Global Special Humanitarian Yes - permanent

Discretionary AoS (under Community Support Program only)

No AoS if not under Community Support Program (Note A)

Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

 
203 Emergency Rescue Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

 
204 Woman at Risk Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

 
205 Camp Clearance Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 1997.
206 Lebanese Concession Yes - permanent Mandatory AoS (Note A) Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.
207 Soviet Concession Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.
208 East Timorese in Portugal, Macau or Mozambique Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 1997.
209 Citizens of the Former Yugoslavia - Displaced Persons Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2012.
210 Minorities of Former USSR Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in July 1999.
211 Burmese in Burma Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2000.
212 Sudanese Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2000.
213 Burmese in Thailand Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2000.
214 Cambodian Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 1997.
215 Sri Lankan (Special Assistance) Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2000.
216 Ahmadi Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2000.
217 Vietnamese Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

Has a QRE (Note B) and NARWP exemption (Note C).

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in July 1999.

Notes

Note Explanation
A

Certain visas require an AoS. An AoS is a commitment by 1 or more Australian residents as defined by the SSAct section 7(2) (the assurer) to provide financial support to a new resident (the assuree) during the AoS period (between 12 months and 10 years, depending on the visa). It is also a legal commitment to repay the Commonwealth certain social security payments, if such payments are made to the new resident while the AoS is in force.

Policy reference: SS Guide 9.4.1.10 Introduction to the AoS Scheme, 9.4.1.60 AoS Scheme from 1 January 2019

B

Refugees and former refugees have a QRE under SS Act section 7(6) for all payments and concession cards.

Holders of visa subclasses 200, 201, 202, 203, 204 and 851 are regarded as refugees due to a Ministerial declaration under section 25 of the SSAct for the purposes of subparagraph 7(6B)(c)(iii).

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.Q.35 Qualifying residence exemption (QRE)

C

Refugees, former refugees and family members of a refugee have a NARWP exemption for all payments and concession cards.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.2.43 Exemptions for the NARWP

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019