Originally Posted by the troubadour
I would assume though a person on a British passport would get the basic pension?
Just to answer part of your comments:
To obtain a age pension in the UK you have to contributed to the system for 33 years (previously it was 40 years) otherwise you are entitled to NOTHING.
The agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) ended on 1 March 2001.
I think Australia severed the agreement. If memory serves me right the situation was this.
A friend who was born in UK but moved to Australia in his 20's then moved back to the UK 2 years before qualifying for an age pension was given a pamphlet by Centrelink on leaving Australia advising to contact the authorities in the UK as they would pay him an age pension.
On arrival in the UK he went & inquired & they were quite adamant that because he had not made 40 years contributions he was not entitled to anything. He produced the pamphlet & they just dismissed it. Shortly afterwards ( approx March 2000) the full page newspaper advertisements appeared in the UK newspapers paid for by the Australian government .
The newspaper adverts stated the facts that Centrelink was paying Australian age pensions to retired Brits who had moved to Australia & had never contributed to the country, & they were happy to do that as long as the UK government did the same for any Australian moving to the UK in retirement years. However there were far more Brits moving to Australia in retirement, than those moving to UK in retirement so the financial obligations were not balanced & I wonder how many former Australian residents were refused a British age pension?????
The Australian government went on to say they were giving the British government 12 months notice to correct this situation or the Australian government would cease paying age pensions to Brits moving to Australia. I think they did not entirely remove it but replaced it with a 2 year waiting period before qualifying.
Since then Australia WILL NOT pay an Australian Age pension to anybody residing in the UK BUT they will pay it if living in any of these countries which Australia has reciprocal agreements with.
Australia has agreements with a number of countries to share the responsibility for social security coverage. These agreements are with:
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Korea
the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia
United States of America (USA)
On the other hand I knew of a retired Brit who gained entry to New Zealand because of his younger wife's qualifications. They are no longer married & at first he continued claiming the UK age pension but after he obtained citizenship he then switched over to the NZ pension realising that NZ Super was more flexible in allowing him to earn an income & it paid more than the UK pension also. He has since left New Zealand & living in Europe but grumbles that the lousy Kiwi's will not continue paying the NZ pension if away from the country for more than 6 months! Yet he has never contributed a farthing to NZ apart from the GST (VAT) on purchases. Some people are so greedy. Rant over.