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. Exempt Payments - Agreement with Canada

Exempt payments

Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Agreement provides for the following Canadian benefits to be exempt from the income test applied to Australian benefits:

  • any guaranteed income supplement under the Canadian Old Age Security Act,
  • the portion of allowance which is equivalent to the guaranteed income supplement, and
  • any Canadian federal, provincial or territorial income or means tested payments listed in the Table of Canadian Federal Provincial and Territorial Payments.

These payments are generally income tested and only payable outside Canada for a period of 6 months.

People being paid the direct deduction rate (see who are receiving one of the exempt payments listed above, will have that payment along with any other Canadian benefit counted for the direct deduction process.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 4 Canada

Policy reference: SS Guide Inside Australia Rate - Agreement with Canada

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