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.
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:
- how long you’re away
- if your income and assets change
- if your pension is through a social security agreement with another country
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 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 to tell us about your travel plans is by 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:
When you leave to live in another country
You’ll get an outside Australia rate, and your:
When you leave Australia for less than 6 weeks
Your Age Pension rate normally won’t change.
When you leave Australia for more than 6 weeks your:
- Pension Supplement will drop to the basic rate, and
- Energy Supplement will stop
When you leave Australia for more than 26 weeks
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.
Travel 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 or
- you plan to be in New Zealand for more than 12 months
Otherwise your payments may change after you have been in New Zealand for 26 weeks.
How much your payments change depends on details of the agreement with New Zealand.
Read more about payments while outside Australia.
To get your payment or concession card while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules for that payment or concession card.
We’ll pay your pension differently if you live outside Australia permanently or are outside Australia on a long term basis.
Page last updated: 1 April 2019