This definition applies to any payments which are made as the result of an international social security agreement (1.1.A.120).
A host country agreement is a type of international social security agreement, as distinct from a shared responsibility agreement (1.1.S.140), under which each country agrees to take social security responsibility for individuals from the other country who settle in their territory. This type of agreement does NOT provide for grant of one country's pensions in the territory of the other nor does it provide for the long term portability (1.1.P.310) of the payments it covers.
Example: Australia had host-country agreements with New Zealand (the 1995 Agreement) and the UK. The former agreement was replaced from July 2002 by a shared-responsibility agreement, although some people are still paid in Australia under the 1995 Agreement. The latter agreement was terminated with effect from 1 March 2001 but some people in Australia are still paid under it and under related protection provisions.
Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 1 United Kingdom, Agreement on social security between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Schedule 3 Agreement with New Zealand
Last reviewed: 4 January 2010