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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 772

Qualification for special needs age pension

                   A person is qualified for a special needs age pension if:

                     (a)  the person has not resided in Australia at any time after 7 May 1973; and

                     (b)  the person has turned:

                              (i)  if the person is a woman--60; or

                             (ii)  if the person is a man--65; and

                     (c)  the person ceased to reside in Australia after the person had turned:

                              (i)  if the person is a woman--55; or

                             (ii)  if the person is a man--60; and

                     (d)  the person had resided in Australia for a period that was, or for periods that in the aggregate were, not less than 30 years; and

                     (e)  the person would:

                              (i)  if the person had lodged a claim immediately before the person ceased to reside in Australia--have been qualified under section 25 of the 1947 Act to receive an age pension; or

                             (ii)  if the person had not ceased to reside in Australia, were physically present in Australia and lodged a claim for an age pension--be qualified under section 25 of the 1947 Act to receive an age pension; and

                      (f)  the person is, in the opinion of the Secretary, in special need of financial assistance.



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