Essential Report

Support for non-permanent residents accessing Australian government support

Mar 31, 2020

Q. You may be aware that non-permanent residents in Australia (such as skilled migrants, New Zealand citizens, people on temporary visas and refugees) are not currently eligible for most government benefits, such as Jobseeker Allowance. Non-permanent residents can’t return to their home countries as Australia has closed its international borders.

To what extent do you support or oppose, non-permanent residents being able to access Australian government support if they lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Gender Age Group Location
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
Strongly support 25% 26% 24% 29% 27% 20% 27% 22%
Somewhat support 29% 29% 29% 29% 27% 31% 30% 26%
Neither support, nor oppose 24% 22% 25% 22% 23% 26% 21% 28%
Somewhat oppose 12% 12% 12% 12% 10% 13% 12% 12%
Strongly oppose 10% 11% 10% 8% 13% 10% 10% 11%
NET: Support 54% 55% 53% 58% 54% 51% 57% 48%
NET: Oppose 22% 23% 22% 20% 23% 23% 22% 24%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
  • 54% of participants support non-permanent residents accessing Australian government support if they lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Capital residents are more likely to support this measure than non-capital residents (57% compared to 48%).

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