General Principles of the Agreement with Finland

General principles

The Agreement with Finland is a shared responsibility agreement that helps people to qualify for benefits that they might not otherwise get, and conforms to Australia's shared responsibility agreements by:

  • allowing people to lodge claims for benefits in Australia and Finland,
  • allowing people to totalise to meet minimum residence qualifications for Australian benefits and to meet certain periods of insurance requirements for Finnish Earning-Related Pensions,
  • overcoming residence restrictions on the payment of Finnish Old Age National Pensions in Australia to Finnish nationals and Australian citizens contained in Finnish domestic legislation,
  • allowing Agreement benefits to be paid in Australia and Finland,
  • prescribing the calculation of Australian benefits inside and outside Australia, and
  • arranging administrative cooperation between Australia and Finland.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 24 Republic of Finland

Last reviewed: 17 August 2015