Australian Aged Pension Eligibility – Residence

Residence Requirement to be eligible for the Australian Aged Pension.

Services Australia (Centrelink) state the following rules for the Residency Requirement, to be eligible for the Australian Aged pension.

To get Age Pension you generally need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of these years, there must be no break in your residence.

What is an Australian resident, for Centrelink Age Pension Purposes?

You’re an Australian resident if you live in Australia and are either:

  • an Australian citizen.
  • a permanent residence visa holder.
  • a protected Special Category visa (SCV) holder.

If legislation passes, you may be defined you as an Australian resident if you hold one of the following visa subclasses:
subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)
subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional).
Read more about New Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 on the Parliament of Australia website.

You may be exempt from being an Australian resident, for limited payments and concessions, if you hold a partner provisional visa including both:
subclass 820 – Partner visa (temporary)
subclass 309 – Partner visa (provisional).…/centrelink/age-pension


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