For 2015 - 2016, Australia shall issue up to 190.000 permanent migration places available in 2015-16 including 128,550 Skill stream places; 57,400 Family stream places and 565 Special Eligibility stream places. At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme. The wait may be from 8 months to 2 years.
Benefits of Waiting as Permanent Residents
Immigrants – or those recently arrived in Australia- generally do not have immediate access to social security payments or concession cards. However, there are newly arrived residents exempted from this waiting period, below.
You usually have to wait the Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period of 104 weeks before you can access most payments and benefits. This waiting period doesn’t apply to family assistance payments.
You can count periods spent in Australia as an Australian resident or the holder of certain temporary visas at any time in your life towards the waiting period, provided you were living in Australia at that time.
If you are a New Zealand citizen arriving on a New Zealand passport with a Special Category Visa, you will generally need to apply for, and be granted, a permanent resident visa before we can look at periods of time you have spent in Australia. You don’t need a permanent visa if you are claiming the Low Income Health Care Card, Foster Child Health Care Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. Read more about New Zealand citizens claiming payments in New Zealand.
While you are serving your waiting period, you can register with jobactive or the Remote Jobs and Communities Programme to help you find work. You can also use the Employment Self Help facilities available in our service centres.
If you have lived in any countries that have social security agreements with Australia, you may be able to use an agreement to help you qualify for some payments such as Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Parenting Payment Single orBereavement Allowance.
Exemptions to the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period
The Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period may not affect you if:
There are other reasons that may exempt people from the waiting period for certain payments and concession cards. If you are in hardship because of a substantial change of circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to get Special Benefitimmediately.
If you have one of the following visa subclasses, you don’t have to serve the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period for the listed payments and concession cards:
For more official and updated info on benefits as an Australian permanent resident log on to http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/newly-arrived-residents-waiting-period
For complete listing of Programs and Services available to permanent residents in Australia, click here - https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/programmes-services