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1.1.A.120 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, and
  • is one of the following
    • an Australian citizen
    • the holder of a permanent visa, or
    • an SCV holder who is a protected SCV holder.

Note: From 1 January 2019, a NARWP applies to PLP. There are a number of exemptions from the NARWP, and situations where a NARWP does not apply (2.4.3).

Act reference: PPLAct section 45 When a person satisfies the Australian residency test, section 31A(1) to section 31A(1B) When person subject to newly arrived resident's waiting period

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: PPL Guide 2.4 PPL scheme Australian residency test & absences from Australia for PLP, 2.4.3 NARWP for PLP

SS Guide Residence requirements

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