10.7.5.20 Totalising to Qualify for a Maltese Benefit
Totalising to qualify for a Maltese benefit
Article 9 of the Agreement with Malta covers totalisation in order to qualify for a Maltese benefit.
Malta counts periods of Australian working life residence as periods of insurance in Malta when totalising for Maltese benefits.
Before a person can totalise for Maltese benefits they must have a minimum of 52 paid contributions to the Maltese scheme. This rule does not apply to:
- Maltese Two-Thirds Pension (Retirement) which requires a minimum of 156 paid contributions to the Maltese scheme, and
- Survivor's Pension which requires the husband of the widow concerned to have paid 156 contributions to the Maltese scheme.
Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 6 Malta