10.19.4.20 Where People Can Lodge Claims under the Agreement with Belgium
Where claims can be lodged
Claims for Australian pensions covered by the Agreement can be lodged:
- in Belgium, with the relevant Belgian insurance agency,
- in Australia, at any Centrelink office, or
- in a third country with which Australia has an appropriate Agreement, with the Authority nominated in the Administrative Arrangement to the relevant Agreement.
Article 23 of the Agreement protects the rights of a person who lodges a claim for a pension with the competent institution of one country. That claim shall be considered to be a claim for a corresponding pension from the other country if the claimant indicates on the claim that there is, or was, an affiliation with the social security system of the other country. Claims should be forwarded to the other country without delay.
In addition, the date on which a claim is lodged with the competent institution of one country is the official date of lodgement for the other country's purposes. This ensures that people outside Australia are not disadvantaged as a result of mailing delays.
Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 18 Belgium