Australia Reciprocal Social Security Agreements

Under these agreements, Australia equates social security periods/stays in these countries with periods of Australian residence in order to meet minimum qualification periods for Australian pensions. In other countries, periods of Australian working life are generally counted as social security periods to meet their minimum payment periods. Typically, each country pays a partial pension to a person who has lived in both countries. Australia currently has 31 international social security agreements, many of which are still under negotiation. These agreements are bilateral agreements that fill social security gaps for people migrating between countries. They do this by overcoming barriers to pension payments in national legislation, such as.B. Requirements relating to: Bilateral social security agreements are international agreements concluded by Australia with certain countries. These agreements address the issue of “double superannuation coverage” that occurs when you work temporarily for your Australian employer abroad and have to pay super premiums (or equivalent contributions) in Australia and the country where you work. The Canadian government`s international social security agreements cover only Old Age Security and Canada`s pension benefits. If you have contributed to the PQ, but not to the CPC, please contact the Quebec Pension Plan. Australia currently has 31 bilateral international social security agreements.

All of these agreements are based on the concept of shared responsibility. Responsibility-sharing agreements are reciprocal. Under each agreement, partner countries make concessions to their social security qualification rules so that those covered by the agreement have access to payments that they may not be eligible for. The responsibility for social security is thus distributed among the countries in which a person has lived during his or her working years and where the person is able to obtain potential rights. In general, it is possible to access a pension from one country in the second country, although the paying country retains some discretion with regard to the exchange and delivery mechanisms used. This agreement may be amended in the future by complementary agreements which, as soon as they come into force, will be considered an integral part of this agreement. These agreements can be concluded retroactively if they specify. Australia`s agreements with Austria, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland and the United States also include provisions regulating supplementary pension contributions and social security contributions from partner countries for non-resident workers, in order to avoid double coverage. For more information on the superannuation guarantee, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

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