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. Benefits Covered in Agreements

Benefits covered in agreements

The Legislative Scope Article (usually article 2) sets out the legislation to which an agreement applies in both Australia and the agreement country and specifies the benefits covered.

This article also allows for subsequent legislative amendments relating to benefits covered by the agreement to apply to those benefits.

Example: If the name of a benefit is changed, it continues to be covered by the agreement under its new name.

Agreements may restrict a payment to a certain class of people in order to achieve reciprocity.

Example: An agreement may make Australia's PPS only available to de jure widows to align with the other country's scheme which restricts survivor payments to widows.

Full details of payments covered are in the relevant chapter for each country.

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