10.2.5.20 Totalising to Qualify for a New Zealand Benefit - Agreement with New Zealand

Totalisation

Article 8 of the Agreement covers totalisation for New Zealand.

New Zealand will count periods of working age residence (WAR) in Australia as periods when a person was resident and present in New Zealand for the purposes of claiming NZS or a veteran's pension. The minimum period of Australian WAR needed to totalise is 12 months, 6 months of which must be continuous.

New Zealand will count periods of residence in Australia as periods when a person was resident and present in New Zealand for the purposes of claiming a New Zealand supported living payment. The minimum period of Australian residence needed to totalise is 12 months, 6 months of which must be continuous.

A claimant for NZS or veteran's pension must have reached whichever qualifying pension age is higher at the time they claim to obtain the benefit outlined in Article 8.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 3 New Zealand

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017