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. Rate Calculation - Background - Agreement with New Zealand


Article 13 of the Agreement, when read with social security law, determines the rate of Australian benefit payable under the Agreement. The rate is calculated according to whether the person is present long term in Australia or outside Australia.

People who are present long term in New Zealand (i.e. have been present for 26 weeks or intend to remain there for one year or more) will have their rate calculated according to their period of WAR in Australia and may vary when:

  • they have less than 10 years as a New Zealand resident,
  • they have more than 10 years as a New Zealand resident, or
  • they are in receipt of DSP.

Article 13 also determines the rate of benefit payable to autonomous pensioners who are present long term in New Zealand, and those in Australia who receive a New Zealand benefit.

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

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