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Old 7th September 2015, 08:04 AM
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Thanks everyone for your input.
Over the past 2 years I've read every online resource I can find on this topic, so I have a fair idea what should happen. Of course that doesn't mean that it will happen once I have 2 feet on the ground! I believe that I have sufficient resources to get over any hurdles that may be placed in my way, so I guess the only thing left to do is come to Portugal and get started. My plan is to come to Lisbon, unless anyone can suggest a more user friendly area?

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I left Australia in August, 2012 under the 25 year residency rule, but the new 35 year rule commenced in January, 2014. Thus, if you have exactly 25 years in Australia from age 16 onward, you will get 25/35 as your pension.

If I were to return to Australia, and remained there for 6 months or more, I would also fall under the new 35 year rule.

You will need to keep that in mind.
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Hi George

Thank you for the info. I'll be in Portugal within a month, and will apply for the pension at the end of December. I will try to apply through Portuguese SS, but might end up having to send the application directly to Centerlink in Australia. The AWL isn't really a problem as I have over 34 years anyway.

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Hi Fred
I am new to this forum and have just read your posts from last year. Just wondering how you got on with claiming your Australian Pension in Portugal. Did it all go smoothly?
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I am new to this forum and have just read your posts from last year. Just wondering how you got on with claiming your Australian Pension in Portugal. Did it all go smoothly?
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Yes, It all went relatively smoothly.
I had no problems getting the pension approved and have been receiving payments for 9 months now.
Centerlink's overseas section in Hobart was easy to deal with and helpful.

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Thank you for your reply, Fred. Good to hear that all went well for you. Our circumstances are very similar. Can I ask if you had any issues/hurdles with regard Health cover/entitlements? I am happy to receive a PM from you if you would prefer.
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Thank you for your reply, Fred. Good to hear that all went well for you. Our circumstances are very similar. Can I ask if you had any issues/hurdles with regard Health cover/entitlements? I am happy to receive a PM from you if you would prefer.
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From the Australian end there were no problems, although the process took longer than expected. In the end it didn't matter because they back pay to the date of application/entitlement anyway.

Portuguese Social Security was a bit more problematic, simply because they do not deal with these situations often and no one knew what to do. Eventually Centerlink contacted them directly and sorted things out.

In portugal, anyone legally resident in the country is entitled to state healthcare.

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From the Australian end there were no problems, although the process took longer than expected. In the end it didn't matter because they back pay to the date of application/entitlement anyway.

Portuguese Social Security was a bit more problematic, simply because they do not deal with these situations often and no one knew what to do. Eventually Centerlink contacted them directly and sorted things out.

In portugal, anyone legally resident in the country is entitled to state healthcare.
Thank you Fred. My circumstances differ slightly from yours in that I am planning to apply for the Australian Pension in Spain where I believe I need to have private health insurance in order to qualify for residency. I probably need to move to the Spanish threads of this forum and try to find some answers there. Thanks again.

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Thank you Fred. My circumstances differ slightly from yours in that I am planning to apply for the Australian Pension in Spain where I believe I need to have private health insurance in order to qualify for residency. I probably need to move to the Spanish threads of this forum and try to find some answers there. Thanks again.
In general you should have no problem getting the pension under the reciprocal agreement with Spain.
I really can't comment on the issue of healthcare and residency in Spain. However, I wouldn't assume that the situation is the same for Australian citizens as it is for British citizens. Australians are not affected by EU rules, and since Spanish citizens, resident in Australia, are automatically covered by Medicare, then it would not be surprising to find that the agreement provides for reciprocal coverage for Australians in Spain.
For instance, Article 5 of the agreement with Portugal gives Australian citizens immediate access to Portuguese social security, which in turn guarantees access to state healthcare.

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Hi again Fred. I'm still preparing for the relocation to Spain. Can I ask if you became a resident of Portugal before applying for the Australian Pension or did you just apply for an ID number and open a Portuguese bank account?
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