It can be shocking when you’ve been living and working in a country for years, hit a rough patch and only then find out that you’re not technically entitled to Newstart. Forget the rent – how are you supposed to buy food?
Here’s a list of information and resources for those non-citizens, non-permanent residents and non-special visa holders who can’t access the Newstart safety net:
1: You may be eligible for “Special Benefits”. This is a temporary, 6-month payment from the Australian government for people who are otherwise ineligible for any other payment. It’s for approximately $500pf (depending on your age, relationship and dependant status) and should never be relied upon to survive while you’re looking for work – especially in a time of high unemployment.| | | Next → |