10.2.8.50 Rate of New Zealand Benefit

Rate of New Zealand superannuation & veterans' pension in Australia

The rate of NZS and veterans' benefit is determined by Article 9.

The rate of NZS and veteran's pension in Australia cannot exceed the amount of Age that would be payable to the person if they were entitled to Age only.

Rate of New Zealand supported living payment in Australia

The rate of supported living payment paid in Australia is determined by Article 10.

The rate of supported living payment in Australia cannot exceed the amount of supported living payment payable if the person was residing in New Zealand. Nor can it exceed the amount of DSP payable if the person was entitled to DSP only. Article 6 provides that a person who is ordinarily resident in Australia is not entitled to receive, or to continue to receive, a supported living payment if the person:

  • reaches pension age under this Agreement, and
  • is entitled to receive NZS or a veteran's pension.

The only exception is for a person who is ordinarily resident in Australia and is married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship. That person is not entitled to receive, or continue to receive, a supported living payment if both the person and his or her spouse or partner has reached pension age.

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

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017