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. Where People Can Lodge Claims under the Agreement with Germany

Where claims can be lodged

Claims for Australian benefits covered by the Agreement may be lodged:

  • in Germany with any of the German Pension Insurance Funds,
  • in a third country, with which Australia has an appropriate agreement, with the authority nominated in the Administrative Arrangement to that agreement, and
  • in Australia, with any Centrelink office.

Under Article 13 of the Agreement with Germany, the date on which a claim is lodged with any of the above mentioned authorities is the official date of lodgement for all purposes. This Article ensures that people outside Australia are not disadvantaged as a result of mailing delays.

In addition, Article 13 protects the rights of a person who lodges a claim for payment with the Agency of one party. That claim shall also be considered to be a claim for the 'corresponding' benefit from the other party if information provided at the time of lodging the original claim indicated that the person may be qualified for a corresponding benefit. For the original lodgement date to apply, the original claim (or a copy, or acceptable evidence, of it) must be received in the other country within 6 months of the claim originally being lodged.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 14 Germany

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