10.21.100 Swiss Glossary


This section contains a list of terms used in and applicable to the Agreement with Switzerland.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 20 Switzerland


Benefit means a benefit, pension or allowance as set out in Article 2 of the Agreement. Under the Agreement, it includes any additional amount, increase or supplement.

Insurance Periods/Period of Insurance in Switzerland

This means a period where a person in Switzerland has made contributions to the Swiss social insurance scheme, or equivalent periods recognised as such under Swiss legislation.


In relation to Australia, legislation means the laws which make up the social security legislation relating to Age, DSP for the severely disabled, CP, pensions for widowed persons and DOP. In Part II of the Agreement it applies to the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992, the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992, and the Superannuation (Administration) Regulations.


In relation to Switzerland, a national means a Swiss national. In relation to Australia, a national means an Australian citizen.

Period of Australian Working Life Residence

In relation to Australia this means a period of Australian working life residence as defined in the SS(IntAgree)Act (i.e. the period of residence in Australia between the ages of 16 and reaching age pension age).

Widowed Person

This means, in relation to Australia, a person who stops being a member of a couple because of the death of the person's legal husband or wife, but does not include a person who has a partner. The term does not include divorced women whose ex-husbands have died. Payments of PPS and BVA can be made under the Agreement only to a widowed person as defined.

Last reviewed: 21 September 2015