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10.12.100 Cyprus glossary


This section contains a list of terms used in and applicable to the Agreement with Cyprus.


Benefit, for Australia, means a pension, benefit or allowance payable under Australian social security legislation as specified in Article 2 of the Agreement. This includes Age, and in some cases, CP, DSP and PPS (see definitions below). It also includes any additional amount or increase that is payable to a person who qualifies for that increase, including pension supplement and RA for people inside Australia. Any additional amounts are subject to the portability restrictions of the SSAct for people outside Australia.

Note: Although listed as Australian benefits covered in Article 2 of the Agreement, from 20 March 2020, WP, WidB and BVA ceased. Recipients of these payments were transferred to another payment, such as Age, where eligible.

Benefit, for Cyprus, means a pension, benefit or allowance payable under Cypriot legislation as specified in Article 2 of the Agreement.

More information on contributory benefits under Cypriot law is available from the Department of Social Insurance Services of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare, and Social Insurance.

Carer payment

Under the Agreement with Cyprus, CP can be paid only to the legally married (de jure) partners of Age or severely disabled DSP recipients. In all cases the partners must have been an Australian resident at some time. When CP is granted in Australia to the partner of an Agreement pensioner, it becomes payable under the Agreement.


Cyprus is the Republic of Cyprus and refers to the entire island of Cyprus including the Turkish occupied sector.

Disability support pension

Grants of DSP under the Agreement are limited to individuals who are severely disabled.

Parenting payment (single)

Under the Agreement PPS is limited to legal (de jure) widows. Other categories of lone parents (single parents, males etc.) are not covered under this Agreement.

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