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. Arrears of Belgian Pensions


When the grant of a Belgian pension includes an amount of arrears for a past period, any Australian income tested pension received during the period the arrears covers will need to be reassessed. The Australian pension is reassessed as if the arrears had been paid and received from the date of grant of the Belgian pension, or the date of grant of the Australian pension, whichever is the later. This is done to determine whether the person has received a higher rate of Australian pension than they were entitled to. See

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 18 Belgium

Policy reference: SS Guide Arrears of Foreign Payment

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