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1.1.H.80 Host country agreement


This definition applies to any payments which are made as the result of an international social security agreement (1.1.A.120).


A host country agreement is a type of international social security agreement, as distinct from a shared responsibility agreement (1.1.S.140), under which each country agrees to take social security responsibility for individuals from the other country who settle in their territory. This type of agreement does NOT provide for grant of one country's pensions in the territory of the other nor does it provide for the long term portability (1.1.P.310) of the payments it covers.

Example: Australia had host-country agreements with New Zealand (the 1995 Agreement) and the UK. The New Zealand 1995 Agreement was replaced from July 2002 by a shared-responsibility agreement, and then subsequently by the 2017 Agreement, which is also a shared responsibility agreement. Some people are still paid in Australia under the 2002 and 1995 Agreements. The Agreement with the UK was terminated with effect from 1 March 2001 but some people in Australia are still paid under it and under related protection provisions.

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