Australia and Turkey have signed a social security agreement which will come into effect on 1 March 2021. This agreement aims to help people who have worked or are working in both countries to claim social security benefits.

This is great news for people who are working in Australia and Turkey, as they will now be able to benefit from the social security systems of both countries. The agreement covers a range of benefits, including pensions, disability support and survivor benefits.

Under the agreement, people who have worked in both countries will be able to count their periods of work in either country towards meeting the minimum qualifying periods needed to claim benefits. This means that people who have not worked long enough in one country to qualify for benefits may now be able to claim them.

The agreement also allows people who are receiving benefits from one country to move to the other country and still receive their benefits. This is particularly useful for people who have family or business connections in both countries.

To claim benefits under the social security agreement, you will need to provide evidence of your periods of work in both countries. This may include payslips, tax records and social security statements. The process for claiming benefits will vary depending on the type of benefit and the country you are claiming from.

If you are currently working in Australia or Turkey, it is important to be aware of the social security agreement and how it could affect you. It is also important to keep accurate records of your periods of work in both countries, as this will be essential when claiming benefits.

Overall, the social security agreement between Australia and Turkey is a positive development for people who have connections in both countries. It will help to ensure that people can access the benefits they are entitled to, regardless of where they have worked. If you are eligible for benefits under this agreement, it is worth investigating further and seeking advice from a professional.