Applicants who are residents of and physically present in the United States at the
time of applying for Australian benefits can qualify for benefits even though they
are not residents of and physically present in Australia at the time of application.
In addition, Australia will count any U.S. quarters of coverage (QCs) as 3 months
of Australian residence when determining if length-of-residence requirements are met.
However, applicants who are not current residents of Australia must have resided in
Australia in the past for a minimum of 12 months, of which at least 6 were continuous,
before Australia will count U.S. QCs when determining eligibility for an Australian