I have a Special Category visa

New Zealanders and Australians have arrangements whereby we can each stay and work in each other’s country.

Am I able to access any support in Australia?

If you are a protected SCV New Zealand citizen and meet other eligibility requirements, you will be eligible for all welfare payments, including the Job Seeker and Job Keeper payments.

If you are not a protected SCV New Zealand citizen and you hold a TY444 visa, you will still be eligible for the Job Keeper payments through your employer.

What is a protected New Zealand citizen?

A person is a protected SCV New Zealand citizen holder if they fall within one of the following groups:

  • in Australia on 26 February 2001
  • in Australia for 12 months in the 2 years immediately before this date
  • assessed as a protected SCV by Services Australia holder before 26 February 2004.

More information and advice on protected SCV holders can be found at the Services Australia website.