Social Security Agreement with India

The social security agreement between Australia and India will help people to claim a pension from both countries.

Important Update: This measure started on 1 January 2016.

Description of the measure

The agreement will exempt workers temporarily seconded to either country from having to pay into both countries’ superannuation/pension schemes.

The agreement is limited to Australian age pension and to Indian old-age, survivor and Permanent Total Disability pension for employed persons.

The agreement is expected to start from 1 July 2015.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will help people to access retirement benefits if they live in Australia or India and have lived and/or worked in both countries.

Am I eligible for this measure?

Under this agreement some periods of residence in Australia and some periods of employment in India, where contributions were made to the Indian Employees’ Pension Scheme, may be combined to allow a person to meet basic eligibility requirements for the Australian or Indian pension. Claims for an Australian or Indian pension can be lodged by a resident of either country.

When will this measure start and finish?

This is an ongoing measure scheduled to start on 1 July 2015, subject to completion of legal and treaty processes in both countries.

Page last updated: 5 July 2018