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 is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. 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.320 Australia


This definition applies to all payments.


Please refer to the definition of this term in the SSAct.

Australia includes the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.

Note: Prior to 1 July 2016, Norfolk Island was not classed as part of Australia for social security purposes.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'Australia'

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