Social security: increased waiting times for migrants confirmed

The amendments ‘will increase the existing newly arrived resident’s waiting period’

On 28 November 2018, we published an article on the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Promoting Sustainable Welfare) Bill 2018, which has passed both houses of parliament today. The revised explanatory memorandum includes the following passages:

[Schedule 1] will increase the existing newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) from 104 weeks to 208 weeks for various working age social security payments and concession cards, introduce a 208 week NARWP for bereavement allowance and parenting payment and introduce a 52 week NARWP for carer allowance…

[Schedule 2] will increase the existing newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) from 104 weeks to 208 weeks for farm household allowance…

[Schedule 3] introduces a newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) for family tax benefit Part A. The change does not affect family tax benefit Part B, child care related payments, double orphan pension or stillborn baby payment…

[Schedule 4] introduces a newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) for parental leave pay or dad and partner pay…

 


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au