Totalising to Qualify for an Australian Benefit - Agreement with Chile

Totalising for an Australian benefit

Article 15 of the Agreement covers totalisation in order to qualify for an Australian benefit.

A Chilean period of insurance can be added to periods as an Australian resident in order to meet the minimum residence requirements for Australian benefits under the SSAct. Non-continuous periods of insurance in Chile can be added together and counted as continuous.

People residing in Chile or a third country with which Australia has an agreement, must have a minimum of 12 months Australian working life residence (6 months of which must be continuous) before they can totalise to qualify for an Australian benefit. No minimum Australian working life residence is required for people residing in Australia.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 15 Chile

Last reviewed: 20 September 2017