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. Totalising to Qualify for a Portuguese Benefit

Totalising to qualify for a Portuguese benefit

Article 18 of the Agreement covers totalisation in order to qualify for a Portuguese benefit.

Portugal counts Australian working life residence as Portuguese insurance periods when totalising for Portuguese benefits.

Note: It is important to note that for women Portugal counts Australian working life residence as between 16 years and when the woman reached Portuguese age pension age, which is 65 years.

Before a person can totalise for Portuguese benefits they must have a minimum of one calendar year of contributions to the Portuguese scheme.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 9 Portugal

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