10.19.5.20 Totalising to Qualify for a Belgian Pension
Totalising for a Belgian pension
Article 12 of the Agreement provides for totalisation in order to qualify for a Belgian pension.
Where necessary, Belgium counts periods of Australian working life residence as Belgian insurance periods when totalising for certain Belgian pensions, e.g. 'anticipated' (early) pension and 'minimum pension'.
When entitlement to a Belgian pension is conditional on insurance periods being accrued in a particular occupation, e.g. miners or seamen, only periods of Australian working life residence in that occupation can be used to totalise for that pension.
When totalised periods (in both countries) do not result in an entitlement to such a Belgian (e.g. miner's or seaman's) pension, the beneficiary may be entitled, in respect of those periods, to a 'normal' pension for salaried workers.
Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 18 Belgium