The Department of Home Affairs vides their email dated 22 December 2021 with the subject line ‘DSS update on Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period changes’ has informed all the Registered Migration Agents about the postponement of the start date, for the proposed policy changes to the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP) to 1 July 2022.
The proposed changes to the NARWP for carer and family payments will be in effect from 1 July 2022 which was previously 1 January 2022. The delay is due to the fact that the legislation has not yet passed.
The NARWP for carer and family payments will increase to four years from 1 July 2022. This is applicable for the migrants granted a relevant temporary or permanent visa on or after 1 July 2022. The changes will affect:
- Carer Payment
- Carer Allowance
- Family Tax Benefit Part A
- Parental Leave Pay
- Dad and Partner Pay.
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and Low Income Health Care Card
All the existing exemptions will remain intact for Humanitarian migrants and their families, including those who have experienced substantial changes in their circumstances, or who are facing financial hardship.
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