Centrelink Q&A: When will Phil’s pension bonus arrive?

Phil is eligible for the Australian pension and wants to know when his payments will start.

When will pension bonus arrive?

Phil has just discovered he is eligible for the Australian pension and wants to know when his payments will start.

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Q. Phil
I have tried to find out info about my claim but I have only had automated responses from Centrelink, so was hoping you could shed some light on the possible outcome in my situation. I arrived in Australia from the UK in 1957 and left just as I was about to turn 30. I worked in Australia for around 14 years after leaving school when I was 15. My work history included a stint in the Royal Australian Navy. I did not think I would be entitled to any pension from Australia as I no longer reside there. However, I discovered the Irish have some agreement with Australia, meaning you can apply for entitlements from here. I applied last January and was soon after sent a request for further info, which I duly returned and have heard no more since. Will any payments I may be entitled to be paid from the date of application or just from the actual date of any approval? There does not seem to be any clarity on any site I have found.

A. Under the terms of the social security agreement between Australia and Ireland, most government payments are paid from, or just after, the date on which the application is made.

For Australian payments, you must lodge your claim and all supporting documents at the same time. If you don’t, your claim may not be accepted.

Under the agreement, you can also add periods of Australian Working Life Residence to your periods of coverage in Ireland to meet the minimum requirement for the Irish State Pension (Contributory), State Pension (Transition), Invalidity Pension, Widow/Widower’s Contributory Pension, Bereavement Grant and Guardian’s Payment (Contributory).

The Irish pension authorities make all decisions about Irish payments. For more information about Irish payments, you should contact the Irish pension authorities.

Do you claim your pension from overseas? What problems have you encountered?

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    Mariner
    15th Jun 2020
    11:11am
    Problem with these Social Security Agreements is the Aussie income test for the pension. In my mate's case her claim was rejected after working in Australia for 11 years because her European pension is over the income test. Since Ireland is in the Euro zone Phil might have the same problems with an Australian part pension. My mate is in Switzerland and currently the pension for singles is about CHF2400.- a month (CHF1 equals $A1.53). If Phil has any other income lodging a claim with Centrelink might be a waste of time. I receive a part pension from Europe as there is no means and income test there.
    Bundabergian
    15th Jun 2020
    11:21am
    Good luck with dealing with C-link from afar, they are bad enough when living here. When we were in France hubby had to call them, they have an overseas line but it is only manned in Sydney office hours so from France he had to get up at 3am to speak to anyone. All this to tell them - for the fourth time - that he no longer had an Aussie mobile that they kept sending links to, so he couldn't receive any of their email letters.
    SuziJ
    15th Jun 2020
    12:22pm
    If he has an email, he can pick it up on any computer or device if he still has it active, and can read them as they're in PDF format
    Bundabergian
    15th Jun 2020
    1:43pm
    Yes we did have that, we kept our gmail accounts for that very reason They would email him a link that said we have a letter to be read and it has a secret access code that we have sent to your mobile number. Trouble is he no longer had that (Aussie) phone. So he was unable to access them. Anyway we are back in Aus now and they have his new Aussie mobile number so it is no longer a problem.
    sunny
    15th Jun 2020
    11:28am
    I arrived in 1972, aged 20 from the UK. In Australia I had been paying taxes till I reached 65, Centrelink advised me to apply for English pension. Upon furnishing ALL required details, I receive a small amount monthly, and very happy with that. It was a total surprise but glad I claimed.
    Mariner
    15th Jun 2020
    2:03pm
    sunny - it works from this end OK. I got $95 a month, it just won't work the other way round. They never asked me how much I have got saved they just send it; taxation is my affair and so is C/L which sends me a letter every year detailing how much went into my account. Living over there applying for a pension from here causes the problem because C/L wants to know how much you have got there where you live. Maybe the UK and Irish Govts won't allow C/L access to your accounts in their countries but if you want to be honest you get diddled.
    cupoftea
    15th Jun 2020
    3:04pm
    I am going to retire In one year, the Brits have told me by a machine that to get in touch 6 months prior as far as this country goes you don't know week to week what will happen all I know is that Politicians will get 75% of there last 3 years wages for the rest of their lives
    Observer
    15th Jun 2020
    4:24pm
    What a misleading title!
    This is not about the Pension Bonus, its about the Pension for a foreigner living overseas!
    MyLifeChoices has deteriorated with so many mistakes and untruthful articles ! And often has links that take you to the wrong article.
    Rapidly becoming unreadable. Wakey wakey Editors!
    notelle
    15th Jun 2020
    10:33pm
    I agree with you 'observer'. MyLifeChoices used to be interesting and informative but it has deteriorated. Such a shame. Misleading headlines are only part of the problem.
    notelle
    15th Jun 2020
    10:33pm
    I agree with you 'observer'. MyLifeChoices used to be interesting and informative but it has deteriorated. Such a shame. Misleading headlines are only part of the problem.
    JB
    16th Jun 2020
    3:08pm
    Pension and pension bonus are two different subjects
    JB
    16th Jun 2020
    3:08pm
    Pension and pension bonus are two different subjects
    JB
    16th Jun 2020
    3:08pm
    Pension and pension bonus are two different subjects


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