General Principles of the Agreement with Cyprus

General principles

The Agreement with Cyprus is a shared responsibility agreement that helps people to qualify for benefits they might not otherwise get and conforms to the principles of Australia's shared responsibility agreements by:

  • allowing people to lodge claims for benefits in Australia and Cyprus,
  • allowing people to totalise to meet minimum residence qualifications for Australian benefits and minimum contribution conditions for Cyprus,
  • allowing agreement benefits to be paid in Australia and Cyprus,
  • offering income test concessions,
  • prescribing the calculation of Australian benefits inside and outside Australia, and
  • arranging administrative cooperation between Australia and Cyprus.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 11 Cyprus

Last reviewed: 16 May 2016