A new instrument about the wait period for holders of visa subclasses 116 and 836.
Section 201AA of the Social Security Act provides as follows:
(1) A person is subject to a newly arrived resident’s waiting period if the person:
(a) has entered Australia; and
(b) has not been an Australian resident and in Australia for a period of, or periods totalling, 104 weeks.
(5) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person if, at the time the person made the claim for a carer payment, the person holds a visa that is in a class of visas determined in an instrument under subsection (5B).
(5B) The Minister may, by legislative instrument, determine a class of visas for the purposes of subsection (5). The class must not be a class covered by paragraph 7(6AA)(f).
The new Social Security (Class of Visas – Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period for Carer Payment) Determination 2018, which commences on 1 October 2018, includes the following:
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