Signing of the Japan-Australia Social Security Agreement

March 2, 2007

  1. The Agreement between Japan and Australia on Social Security (Japan-Australia Social Security Agreement) [PDF] was signed on February 27 (Tue) in Canberra between Mr. Hideaki Ueda, Japanese Ambassador to Australia, and the Hon Mal Brough, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
  2. It has been a most-wanted issue between Japan and Australia that employees who are temporarily sent to the other country by corporations, etc. are obliged to join the pension systems of both countries, thus imposing an economic burden on the corporations and employees. It has also been an issue that they are ineligible to receive pensions, as their periods of coverage in the system of the other country fall short of the necessary duration.

    The Japan-Australia Social Security Agreement is intended to solve these and other related issues, by applying the social security system of either Japan or Australia in principle as well as establishing entitlement to benefits of those temporarily sent to the other country by totalising the periods of coverage in the systems of both countries. By this Agreement, those dispatched for a period of five years or less will be in principle subject only to the pension systems of the country from which they are sent.
  3. It is expected that the conclusion of this Agreement will reduce the burden imposed on the corporations and employees and further promote human and economic exchanges between Japan and Australia.

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