General Principles of the Agreement with Estonia

General principles

The Agreement with Estonia is a shared responsibility agreement that helps people to qualify for benefits they might not otherwise get, and conforms with Australia's shared responsibility agreements by:

  • allowing people to lodge claims for benefits in Australia and Estonia,
  • allowing people to totalise to meet minimum residence qualifications for Australian benefits and to meet minimum insurance period requirements for Estonian benefits,
  • allowing Agreement benefits to be paid in either country,
  • prescribing rules for the payment of Australian benefits inside and outside Australia, and
  • enabling administrative co-operation between Australia and Estonia.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 32 Republic of Estonia

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