'Portability' refers to a person's continuing entitlement to an Australian social security payment (section 23(1)-'social security payment') while outside Australia (1.1.A.320). Once portability of entitlement is established, payments may continue in Australia or be directed overseas, depending on the type of payment and/or the duration of the absence.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security payment'
The proportional portability definition applies to:
'Proportional portability' refers to the rate of pension to be paid after a pensioner has been absent from Australia for a continuous period of 26 weeks. It usually means that the pension rate overseas is based on the person's AWLR (1.1.A.340) up to a maximum period of 25 years or 300 months.
Act reference: SSAct Part 4.2 Overseas portability
Last reviewed: 7 June 2010