10.17.5.10 Totalising to Qualify for an Australian Benefit- Agreement with Croatia
Totalising for an Australian benefit
Article 13 of the Agreement covers totalisation in order to qualify for an Australian benefit.
Croatian periods of insurance may be added to periods of Australian residence to meet minimum residence requirements for a benefit under the SSAct. Non-continuous Croatian periods of insurance can be added together and considered continuous see 10.1.5.20.
People residing in Croatia, or third countries with which Australia has an Agreement, must have a minimum of 12 months Australian working life residence (6 months of which is continuous) before they can totalise to qualify for an Australian benefit. No minimum period of WLR is required for people residing in Australia.
Note: While people can use Croatian periods of insurance to help them qualify for an Australian benefit, the rate of Australian benefit outside Australia is based solely on their actual periods of WLR in Australia - see 10.1.5.20.