Transitional Provisions - Agreement with Germany

Transitional provisions

Article 19 of the Agreement with Germany specifies that an entitlement to a German pension established before the start of this Agreement can only be recalculated at the request of the beneficiary.

Example 1: A person who had insufficient German periods of coverage before the Agreement started can now apply and count periods of Australian working life residence in order to qualify.

Example 2: Persons receiving a reduced German pension (around 70% of their entitlement) because they are not German citizens can, after the Agreement starts, claim their full entitlement if they are Australian citizens. These people will have 4 years to claim this increase, without any loss of back pay.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 14 Germany

Last reviewed: 9 November 2015