General Principles of the Agreement with Canada

General principles

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

  • allowing people to lodge claims for benefits in Australia and Canada,
  • allowing people to totalise to meet minimum residence qualifications for Australian benefits and minimum contribution and residence requirements for Canadian benefits,
  • allowing Agreement benefits to be paid in Canada and Australia,
  • offering income test concessions,
  • prescribing the calculation of Australian benefits inside and outside Australia, and
  • arranging administrative co-operation between Australia and Canada.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 4 Canada

Last reviewed: 21 September 2015