Centrelink, the Australian government agency responsible for social security payments, has agreements in place with a number of other countries around the world. These agreements, known as International Social Security Agreements (ISSAs), help to ensure that people who have lived and worked in multiple countries can still access social security benefits.
Currently, Centrelink has ISSAs in place with 31 countries, including countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific. These countries include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, among others.
The main purpose of these agreements is to ensure that people who have moved between countries over the course of their working lives don`t miss out on social security benefits due to differences in eligibility criteria or contribution requirements. For example, someone who has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom may be entitled to receive social security payments from both countries, thanks to the ISSA in place between the two nations.
In general, ISSAs cover a range of social security benefits, including pensions, disability support, and healthcare. However, the specifics of each agreement can vary depending on the needs of each country, and not all benefits may be available to everyone.
For those who are planning to move to a country that has an ISSA with Australia, it`s important to understand how the agreement works and what benefits you may be entitled to. It`s also important to note that some countries may have additional requirements or conditions that need to be met before benefits can be accessed.
To find out more about Centrelink`s ISSAs and how they work, visit the Centrelink website or contact your local Centrelink office for assistance. By taking the time to understand these agreements, you can ensure that you`re able to access the social security benefits you need, no matter where you are in the world.