Australian payments can generally only be claimed by people who are Australian residents, and in Australia when they lodge their claim.
Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) Australian resident
SS(Admin)Act section 29 General rule
Note 2: Also FAO payments can be claimed from outside Australia, provided the person is an Australian resident.
A person may claim SA if they are temporarily outside Australia only where they have been gone for less than 6 weeks and the reason for their departure was for the purpose of seeking medical treatment of a kind not available in Australia.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 32 Claims for sickness allowance, section 12 Deemed claim in certain cases
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013