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. Former Residents - Agreement with Belgium

Former residents

SSAct section 1220(1) provides that former residents who return to Australia, are granted a pension, then subsequently leave within 24 months, will no longer be entitled to that pension.

Article 26, paragraph 6 of the Agreement specifically provides that this does not apply to people receiving pensions under this Agreement. Accordingly, former residents who return to Australia and claim a pension under the Agreement, can subsequently leave Australia within 24 months and retain qualification.

Autonomous pensioners can transfer to a pension under this Agreement in order to maintain qualification and portability, if they travel to Belgium.

In both these cases the Agreement will determine the rate payable.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 18 Belgium

SSAct section 1220(1) No portability when claim based on short residence

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