Pension Supplement while travelling outside Australia

There are rules about how long your Pension Supplement can be paid when you travel outside Australia.

Changes have been proposed to the amount of time Pension Supplement is paid to recipients living or travelling outside of Australia. These changes are subject to the passage of legislation.

Read more about 1 January 2018 changes to Pension Supplement for people overseas.

You will continue to receive Pension Supplement outside Australia for as long as you continue to receive your main payment such as Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment. Your rate of Pension Supplement generally will not change if you travel outside Australia temporarily for less than 6 weeks.

If you are eligible to be paid for longer than 6 weeks, your Pension Supplement will reduce to the Pension Supplement Basic Amount:

  • after 6 weeks, if you are leaving temporarily, or
  • on departure from Australia, if you are leaving to live in another country

Read more about pension rates payable if you are living outside Australia or absent from Australia for longer than 6 weeks.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 7 November 2017