10.4.9.40 Former Residents - Agreement with Italy
SSAct section 1220(1) provides that former residents who return to Australia, are granted a benefit, then subsequently leave within 2 years, will no longer be entitled to that benefit.
Accordingly, former residents who return to Australia and claim a benefit under the Agreement can subsequently leave Australia within 24 months and retain qualification provided they travel to Italy.
Autonomous pensioners can transfer to a benefit paid under the Agreement with Italy to maintain qualification and portability if they travel to Italy.
In both cases, the Agreement will determine the rate payable.