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. Totalising to Qualify for a Japanese Benefit

Totalising for a Japanese benefit

Article 18 of the Agreement covers totalisation in order to qualify for a Japanese benefit.

Entitlement to a Japanese benefit is subject to a person having a minimum period of coverage under the legislation of Japan.

People who do not have the minimum periods of coverage under the legislation of Japan can add periods of AWLR during which the person was employed or self-employed to the Japanese periods of coverage to meet the minimum requirement.

These totalisation provisions are available for Japanese Old Age Benefits only (i.e. not for Japanese Disability and Survivor's Pensions).

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 23 Japan

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