9.2.6 Visa subclasses 400-439 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
400

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist)
(from 19 November 2016)

Previously: Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)
(up to 18 November 2016)

No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa commenced on 23 March 2013.
401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa commenced on 25 November 2012 and was closed to new applications from 19 November 2016.
402 Training and Research No - temporary No AoS Sponsored nomination required for occupational trainee and professional development streams. Not residentially qualified This visa commenced on 25 November 2012 and was closed to new applications from 19 November 2016.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa commenced on 25 November 2012.
405 Investor Retirement No - temporary No AoS Sponsored by an authorised Australian state or territory government agency (not available in the ACT). Not residentially qualified This visa commenced on 1 July 2005 and is now closed to new applications. Existing holders of the visa can continue to re-apply.
406 Government Agreement No - temporary No AoS Sponsored by bilateral agreement Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to all new applications from 25 November 2012.

 

407 Training No - temporary No AoS Sponsored. Nomination required Not residentially qualified  
408 Temporary Activity No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified  
410 Retirement No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified No new applications for this visa were processed after 1 July 2005. Existing holders of this visa can reapply.
411 Exchange No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from 25 November 2012.
415 Foreign Government Agency No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to all new applications from 25 November 2012.
416 Special Program No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from 19 November 2016.
417 Working Holiday No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified  
418 Educational No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in September 2009.
419 Visiting Academic No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to all new applications from 25 November 2012.
420

Temporary Work (Entertainment)
(from November 2012)

Previously: Entertainment (Temporary)
(up to November 2012)

No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is now closed to new applications.
421 Sport No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from 25 November 2012.
422 Medical Practitioner No - temporary No AoS Sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from November 2012.
423 Media & Film Staff No - temporary No AoS Sponsored. Nomination required Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from 24 November 2012.
424 Public Lecturer No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2005.
425 Family Relationship No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2005.
426 Domestic Worker (Temporary) - Diplomatic or Consular No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from 24 November 2012.
427 Domestic Worker (Temporary) - Executive No - temporary No AoS Sponsored. Nomination required Not residentially qualified This visa is now closed to new applications and has not been issued since November 2012.
428 Religious Worker No - temporary No AoS Sponsored. Nomination required Not residentially qualified This visa was closed to new applications from 25 November 2012.
430 Supported Dependant No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2005.
431 Restricted Iranian/Polish (issued pre February 1991) Yes - permanent No AoS Not sponsored

All payments and concession cards

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

This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994. Holders of pre February 1991 visa subclass 431 issued in Poland or Iran are permanent residents although the visa label states temporary. Please check visa date carefully.
431 PRC Citizen - TEP (issued post February 1991 to August 1994) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.
432 Expatriate (Temporary) No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in November 2005.
434 PRC-TEP No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.
435 Sri Lankan - TEP No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1998.
436 Lebanese - TEP No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.
437 PRC - TEP No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Some exemptions applied, but visa is no longer current. This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.
439 Pilot No - temporary No AoS Not sponsored Not residentially qualified This visa is no longer issued and was repealed in August 1994.

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 QRE, in order to residentially 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 heading 'Residence qualification criteria')

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