GN 01743.125 Eligibility for Australian Benefits under the Agreement
In order to qualify for Australian benefits in the absence of an agreement, applicants must normally be residents of and physically present in Australia at the time the application is filed. In addition, certain length-of-residence requirements must be met.
1. Residence Requirements
Applicants who are residents of and physically present in the United States at the time of applying for Australian benefits can qualify for benefits even though they are not residents of and physically present in Australia at the time of application. In addition, Australia will count any U.S. quarters of coverage (QCs) as 3 months of Australian residence when determining if length-of-residence requirements are met. However, applicants who are not current residents of Australia must have resided in Australia in the past for a minimum of 12 months, of which at least 6 were continuous, before Australia will count U.S. QCs when determining eligibility for an Australian benefit.
2. Carer Payment
A carer payment can be paid to residents of the United States on the same basis as residents of Australia provided the care giver is recognized under Australian law as the partner of an Australian beneficiary.
3. Income Test
Australia will not count any Supplemental Security Income benefits or any State or local government assistance payments when counting a person's income to determine the benefit amount. Other income and resources, including title II benefits, will be counted in accordance with Australian law and the Totalization agreement with Australia.
Australian benefit eligibility requirements, GN 01743.020