Former Residents - Agreement with the Netherlands

Former residents

SSAct section 1220(1) provides that former residents who return to Australia, are granted a benefit, then subsequently leave again within 24 months, will no longer be entitled to that benefit.

Article 23, paragraph 3 of the Agreement with the Netherlands protects people paid under the Agreement from section 1220(1).

Accordingly, former residents who return to Australia and claim a benefit under the Agreement can subsequently leave Australia within 24 months and retain qualification.

Autonomous pensioners can transfer to a benefit under this Agreement to maintain qualification and portability.

In both these cases the Agreement will determine the rate payable.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 7 The Netherlands

SSAct section 1220(1) No portability when claim based on short residence

Last reviewed: 9 November 2015