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. Outside Australia Rate - Agreement with Austria

Outside Australia rate

Article 12 of the Agreement provides that the rate of Australian benefit paid to a person living outside Australia is to be calculated using the overall calculation process in SS(IntAgree)Act section 13. This means that the person is paid a means tested rate that is proportional to the amount of time they have resided in Australia during their working life.

The proportionalisation of income discussed in applies to the outside Australia rate.

The ceiling rate discussed in applies to people being paid under this Agreement.

Temporary return to Australia

People paid under the Agreement who reside in Austria and travel to Australia temporarily are entitled to be paid the higher of the direct deduction rate ( or the proportional (outside Australia) rate, under paragraph 5 of Article 12. This applies for as long as the person stays in Australia and relies on the Agreement.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 10 Austria, section 13 Overall calculation process

Policy reference: SS Guide Outside Australia Rate for Agreement Payments, Proportional Income - Agreement with Austria

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