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. Outside Australia Rate - Agreement with the Czech Republic

Outside Australia rate

Article 12 of the Agreement provides that the rate of Australian benefit paid under the Agreement to a person living outside Australia is calculated using the overall rate calculation process in SS(IntAgree)Act section 13.

This means that the person is paid a rate that is proportional to the duration of their Australian residence during their working life (

Former Australian residents living in the Czech Republic will have their pension rate calculated based on their Australian working life residence over a denominator of 420 months (35 years).

Note: Generally people granted under the Agreement before 1 July 2014 will continue to be paid based on a denominator of 25 years.

The ceiling rate discussed in applies to people being paid under this Agreement.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act section 13 Overall calculation process

Temporary return to Australia

Article 12, paragraph 2 provides that people paid under the Agreement who reside in the Czech Republic and travel to Australia temporarily will continue to receive the proportional rate for up to 26 weeks. Once they have been in Australia for more than 26 weeks, their rate will be calculated using the inside Australia rate in

Centrelink will decide whether a person is a resident of Australia on the basis of the person's circumstances in accordance with SSAct subsections 7(2) and 7(3).

AWLR changes - 1 July 2014

People who are overseas immediately before 1 July 2014, receiving an affected payment, who return to Australia, on or after this date, will retain their 25 year AWLR, provided they do not remain in Australia for 26 weeks or more from their return date. If they return to Australia for 26 weeks or more, or they cease to qualify for that payment, they lose the 25 year AWLR saved status.

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

Policy reference: SS Guide Outside Australia Rate for Agreement Payments, Australian Working Life Residence - Agreement with the Czech Republic, Inside Australia Rate - Agreement with the Czech Republic

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