Residence rules

On the day you claim Age Pension you must be an Australian resident and be in Australia.

How long you need to have been a resident

To get Age Pension you need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of these years, there must be no break in your residence.

We may need more information to establish your Australian residence status. If we do, we’ll ask you to complete the Residence in Australia and other countries form.

What may be different

Some people can get Age Pension if they've been an Australian resident for less than 10 years.

If you are a refugee or former refugee you are exempt from the 10 year rule.

When you reach Age Pension age, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension without meeting the residence rules if you are getting:

If you're a woman whose partner died while you were both Australian residents, you need to be an Australian resident for the 2 years before you claim.

If you don’t meet these rules you may be able to claim if you’ve lived or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Australia.

Page last updated: 23 May 2019

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