Former Residents - Agreement with Belgium

Former residents

SSAct section 1220(1) provides that former residents who return to Australia, are granted a pension, then subsequently leave within 24 months, will no longer be entitled to that pension.

Article 26, paragraph 6 of the Agreement specifically provides that this does not apply to people receiving pensions under this Agreement. Accordingly, former residents who return to Australia and claim a pension under the Agreement, can subsequently leave Australia within 24 months and retain qualification.

Autonomous pensioners can transfer to a pension under this Agreement in order to maintain qualification and portability, if they travel to Belgium.

In both these cases the Agreement will determine the rate payable.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 18 Belgium

SSAct section 1220(1) No portability when claim based on short residence

Last reviewed: 9 November 2015