Totalising to Qualify for an Australian Benefit - Agreement with the Slovak Republic

Totalising for an Australian age pension

Article 12 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 Slovak Republic can be added together and regarded as continuous.

People residing in the Slovak 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 an Australian Age. No minimum period of Australian working life residence is required for an Australian Age that is payable to an Australian resident.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 28 Slovak Republic

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