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.

What the rules are

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

We can't pay you

Your payment stops if all of the following apply. You:

  • come back to Australia to live
  • start getting Age Pension
  • travel outside Australia during the next 2 years.

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

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

You need to tell us you’re leaving Australia if any of these apply. You:

  • are going to live in another country
  • will be away for more than 6 weeks
  • get a payment under a social security agreement with another country
  • you 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.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get information on how your travel could affect your payments and concession cards. You may need to call us to discuss your circumstances further.

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 either:

When you leave

Your payment rate may change depending on any of the following:

You leave to live in another country

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

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, both your:

You leave Australia for more than 26 weeks

Your rate will depend on how long you were an Australian resident between 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 both:

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

We have a social security agreement

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

You 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 either:

  • go there to live
  • plan to be in New Zealand for more than 12 months.

Otherwise your payments may change after you’ve 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.

Page last updated: 29 June 2020