10.4.8.20 Outside Australia Rate - Agreement with Italy
Outside Australia rate
Article 8 of the Agreement with Italy allows for the rate of Australian benefit paid to a person living outside Australia to be calculated using the overall calculation process in SS(IntAgree)Act section 13. This means the person is paid a rate that is proportional to their Australian working life residence. See 10.1.9.20 for details.
Savings provisions apply to people who are paid under the previous Agreement. Article 8, paragraph 9 of the previous Agreement allows for a person to be paid the higher of the proportional rate or the direct deduction rate when they are outside Australia, if the person was:
- an Australian resident on 8 May 1985, and
- was granted a benefit before 1 January 1996, and
- left Australia before 1 January 1996.
However, should these people return to Australia for more than 26 weeks, and then leave Australia again, they will no longer be covered by the above savings provision. This means their rate will be subject to the proportional portability rules of the current Agreement.