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. History of the Agreement with New Zealand


Australia has a long history of social security agreements with New Zealand starting in 1944. Revised Agreements have been implemented in 1949, 1987, 1989, 1995 and 2002.

The current Agreement with New Zealand was signed on 8 December 2016 and commenced on 1 July 2017. This Agreement replaced the previous Agreement with New Zealand which was signed on 28 March 2001 (the 2001 Agreement) and commenced in 2002.

The Agreement with New Zealand is a formal treaty under international law and is included in the SS(IntAgree)Act as Schedule 3.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 3 New Zealand

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