The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.R.200 Residence


This definition applies to all payments.


When referring to a person's residence status, residence means whether the person:

  • is an Australian resident, AND
  • has been an Australian resident for the required periods in order to qualify for a payment.

Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) An Australian resident …, section 7(4B) For the purposes of a newly arrived resident's waiting period …

Policy reference: SS Guide Residence requirements

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