Rights Of Permanent Residents

As an Australian Permanent Resident (PR), one can enjoy the following rights &privileges :

  • Remain in Australia indefinitely
  • Have Full Work Rights
  • Study in Australia, and avoid international student fees & charges
  • The right to access Australia’s national health scheme MEDICARE, and other social security benefits
  • Apply for bank loans to buy property
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel to & from Australia for as long as your travel facility permits
  • Attend free English language classes provided by the “Adult Migrant English Program”
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship, if eligible
  • Work in New Zealand

If you hold a permanent visa but are not residing in Australia, your eligibility for the above rights & privileges may be impacted.

An Australian Permanent Resident (PR)cannot –

  • have an Australian passport
  • vote in Australian Government elections
  • access student loans
  • join the Australian Defence Force
  • obtain ongoing work in the Australian government
  • return to Australia from overseas without a valid travel facility