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 an Australian Benefit - Agreement with the Czech Republic

Totalising for an Australian age pension

Article 11 of the Agreement covers totalisation in order to qualify for an Australian benefit.

A creditable period can be added to periods as an Australian resident in order to meet the minimum residence requirements for Australian Age under the SSAct. Non-continuous periods of insurance in the Czech Republic can be added together and regarded as continuous.

People residing in the Czech Republic must have a minimum of 12 months Australian working life residence (6 months of which must be continuous) before they can totalise to qualify for Australian Age. No minimum period of Australian working life residence is required for Australian Age that is payable to an Australian resident.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 27 Czech Republic

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