2.2.4.40 Verifying International Agreements

International agreements (1.1.A.120)

Information on international agreements is contained in Part 10 of the Guide to Social Security Law.

Explanation: Part 10 has a chapter devoted to each agreement. Each chapter explains how the particular agreement works. No 2 agreements are exactly the same, although they have in common the basic international principles of:

  • equality of treatment, and
  • shared responsibility for coverage.

The information needed to determine whether or not an international agreement will help a recipient with insufficient qualifying residence to become residentially qualified for an Australian pension is collected in the Module O. Once collected, the information forwarded to CIS that has the responsibility for determining agreement claims.

Policy reference: SS Guide Part 10 Australian Social Security Agreements

Verifying international agreements

Residence and employment history in the agreement country can be verified by certified copies of the following documents:

  • passports,
  • any advice from the other country showing overseas pension details,
  • contribution booklets, AND/OR
  • letters from the social security authority in the agreement country which quote the social security number.

Explanation: These documents should be sent to CIS with the claim papers.

Policy reference: SS Guide Part 10 Australian Social Security Agreements

Last reviewed: 11 August 2014