The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication intended only as a guide to social security payments. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.A.120 Agreement - country, pension, international social security agreement

Usage

These definitions apply to the following payments when covered by a scheduled international social security agreement:

  • age pension
  • parenting payment (single)
  • disability support pension
  • double orphan pension, and
  • carer payment.

Note: Although listed as Australian benefits covered in Article 2 of some Agreements, from 20 March 2020, WP and WidB ceased. Recipients of these payments were transferred to another payment, such as Age, where eligible.

Definition: agreement country

An agreement country is a country with which Australia (1.1.A.320) currently has a scheduled international social security agreement.

Definition: scheduled international social security agreement

An agreement is a scheduled international social security agreement if:

  • the agreement is between Australia and a foreign country, and
  • the agreement relates to reciprocity in social security matters, and
  • the text of the agreement is set out in a Schedule to the SS(IntAgree)Act.

Definition: agreement pension

An agreement pension is a pension which is paid and controlled under the provisions of a scheduled international social security agreement.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act section 5 Scheduled international social security agreements

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