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10.19.6 Requirement to Claim a Pension from Belgium
Requirement to claim a pension from Belgium
The Agreement with Belgium does not contain special provisions to make it compulsory for people claiming Australian pensions under the Agreement to also claim a pension from Belgium. However, all claimants under the Agreement are required to take reasonable action to claim any entitlement from overseas, including Belgium (as are people who claim autonomously). This requirement is covered by the CFP legislation explained in 7.3.1.
Policy reference: SS Guide 7.3.1 CFP legislation & requirements
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