10.10.5.20 Totalising to Qualify for a Portuguese Benefit
Totalising to qualify for a Portuguese benefit
Article 18 of the Agreement covers totalisation in order to qualify for a Portuguese benefit.
Portugal counts Australian working life residence as Portuguese insurance periods when totalising for Portuguese benefits.
Note: It is important to note that for women Portugal counts Australian working life residence as between 16 years and when the woman reached Portuguese age pension age, which is 65 years.
Before a person can totalise for Portuguese benefits they must have a minimum of one calendar year of contributions to the Portuguese scheme.
Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 9 Portugal