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Former residents

Without an Agreement, SSAct section 1220(1) provides that former residents who return to Australia, who are granted Age or DSP, then subsequently leave within 24 months of resuming Australian residency, will no longer be entitled to that pension.

Article 5 of the Agreement with Switzerland effectively overcomes this restriction for former residents who return to Australia and claim a benefit under the Agreement and subsequently leave Australia within 24 months to live in Switzerland, or a third country (

Note: This previously also applied to BVA. BVA ceased from 20 March 2020.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 20 Switzerland

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

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