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 Danish Benefit

Totalising for a Danish benefit

Residents of Australia are able to claim Danish Social Pensions Act pensions even though they are not residing in Denmark provided they have resided in Denmark for a minimum of 3 years between age 15 and age 67. People cannot totalise to meet this 3 year minimum.

Australian nationals who are claiming anticipatory pensions (disability and social reasons):

  • must have been mentally and physically capable for carrying on their normal occupation for a continuous period of not less than 12 months while resident in Denmark,
  • must have been resident in Denmark for not less than 12 months immediately before they lodge their claim for pension, and
  • the need for pension must have occurred while the person was a resident in Denmark.

ATP pensions require a minimum of one year of contributions only.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 12 Denmark

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