Australia Social Security Agreements
For more information on retirement qualifications, see Australian Income Support – Residence Criteria. The agreements broaden eligibility requirements for people who cannot receive pensions from Australia or contracting countries because they are unable to meet the minimum conditions for stay or contributions. In addition, some countries pay their pensions only in countries where there is an agreement providing for it. Australia currently has 31 international social security agreements, several of which are under negotiation. These agreements are bilateral agreements that fill social security gaps for people migrating between countries. They do this by removing obstacles to the payment of pensions in national legislation, such as, for example. B requirements: all these agreements are based on the concept of shared responsibility. Shared responsibility agreements are reciprocal. Under each agreement, partner countries make concessions on their social security rules so that people covered by the agreement have access to payments for which they might not otherwise be entitled. In this way, the responsibility for social security is shared between the countries where a person has lived during his or her working years and the person can release potential rights. As a general rule, a pension from one country may be received in the second country, although the paying country retains some discretion in the currency used and in the delivery mechanisms used.
Wishing to settle the relationship between their two countries with regard to social security benefits and coverage, you have agreed as follows: Current International Agreement on Social Security List of all international social security agreements concluded by Australia Under these agreements, Australia assimilates periods of social security/stay in these countries to Australian periods of stay in order to meet the minimum waiting times for Australian pensions. . . .