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10.8.100 Netherlands glossary


This section contains a list of terms used in and applicable to the Agreement with the Netherlands.


Benefit, for Australia, means a pension, benefit or allowance payable under Australian social security legislation as specified in Article 2 of the Agreement. This includes Age and, in some cases, DSP, DOP and PPS. It also includes any additional amount or increase that is payable to a person who qualifies for that increase, including pension supplement and RA for people inside Australia. Any additional amounts are subject to the portability restrictions of the SSAct for people outside Australia.

Note: Although listed as Australian benefits covered in Article 2 of the Agreement, from 20 March 2020, WP, WidB and BVA ceased. Recipients of these payments were transferred to another payment, such as Age, where eligible.

Benefit, for the Netherlands, means a pension, benefit or allowance payable under the Netherland's laws as specified in Article 2 of the Agreement.

More information on benefits under the Netherlands' law is available from the Social Insurance Bank.

Disability support pension

Under the Agreement, DSP is limited to those people who are severely disabled.

Double orphan pension

Under the Agreement, DOP can be paid to someone in the Netherlands who has the custody care and control of a young person whose last surviving parent died while the young person was an Australian resident. However, in order to be paid DOP outside Australia, both the young person and the person claiming DOP must be residents of the Netherlands.

Parenting payment (single)

Under the Agreement PPS is limited to legal (de jure) widows. Other categories of lone parents (single parents, males etc.) are not covered under this Agreement.

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