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. Transitional Provisions - Agreement with Germany

Transitional provisions

Article 19 of the Agreement with Germany specifies that an entitlement to a German pension established before the start of this Agreement can only be recalculated at the request of the beneficiary.

Example 1: A person who had insufficient German periods of coverage before the Agreement started can now apply and count periods of Australian working life residence in order to qualify.

Example 2: Persons receiving a reduced German pension (around 70% of their entitlement) because they are not German citizens can, after the Agreement starts, claim their full entitlement if they are Australian citizens. These people will have 4 years to claim this increase, without any loss of back pay.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 14 Germany

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