Age Pension if you travel outside Australia

You can normally get Age Pension while outside Australia. We base the amount we can pay you on how long you’re away for.

If you travel outside Australia

You can normally get Age Pension for the whole time you’re outside Australia, even if you live in another country for a while.

Your payment rate may change depending on:

What may be different

If you come back to live in Australia from another country and start getting Age Pension, your payment stops if you go overseas during the next 2 years.

This is also the rule if you got payments under a social security agreement with another country while you lived outside Australia.

If you leave Australia temporarily but stay an Australian resident, this normally counts as part of the 2 years.

If you go to a country we have a social security agreement with, you may still get Age Pension during the 2 years.

When to tell us about your travel plans

You need to tell us you’re leaving Australia if you:

  • are going to live in another country
  • will be away for more than 6 weeks
  • get payments under a social security agreement with another country
  • came back to live in Australia within the last 2 years and started getting Age Pension since then

Otherwise you don’t need to tell us about your travel. The immigration department will tell us when you leave and return.

How to tell us about your travel plans

The easiest way is using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.

If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by:

Payment rates outside Australia

If you leave to live in another country

You’ll get an outside Australia rate, and your:

If you leave Australia for less than 6 weeks

Your Age Pension rate normally won’t change.

If you leave Australia for more than 26 weeks

Your rate will depend on how long you were an Australian resident between the age of 16 and age pension age.

If you were an Australian resident for:

  • 35 years or more your rate normally won’t change
  • less than 35 years you’ll normally get a lower rate, for example, if you were a resident for 10 years you’ll get 10/35ths of your usual rate

Your rate normally won’t change if you:

  • were an Australian resident for 25 years or more, and
  • were getting Age Pension or another Australian social security payment while living outside Australia on 1 July 2014

What may be different

If you get Age Pension under a social security agreement with another country, that agreement sets the amount you get while outside Australia.

Going to New Zealand

Australia has a social security agreement with New Zealand. Your payments may change from the date you arrive in New Zealand if you go there:

  • to live
  • on your way to live in another country
  • and you’ll be outside Australia for more than 12 months, or
  • and have been outside Australia for more than 26 weeks

How much your payments change depends on details of the agreement with New Zealand.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

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Page last updated: 12 July 2017

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