General Principles of the Agreement with the USA

General principles

The Agreement with the USA 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 the USA,
  • allowing people to totalise to meet minimum residence qualifications for Australian benefits and minimum contribution requirements for US benefits,
  • allowing Agreement benefits to be paid in the USA and Australia,
  • offering income test concessions,
  • prescribing the calculation of Australian benefits inside and outside Australia, and
  • arranging administrative cooperation between Australia and the USA.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 13 USA

Last reviewed: 9 November 2015