10.9.9.40 Former Residents - Agreement with Ireland
SSAct section 1220(1) provides that former residents who return to Australia, are granted a benefit, then subsequently leave Australia within 2 years, will no longer be entitled to that benefit.
However, 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 Ireland.
Autonomous pensioners can transfer to a benefit under this Agreement to maintain qualification and portability if they travel to Ireland.
In both these cases, the Agreement will determine the rate payable.