Switzerland has concluded international social security agreements with 44 countries. The main purpose of these agreements is to ensure that citizens of the states parties to the agreements are treated equally, to determine the applicable legislation and to regulate the payment of social security benefits abroad. Between Switzerland and Australia there is an international social security agreement, which came into force on 1 January 2008.
Australian residents who are 65 years of age or above and have been living in Australia on a permanent basis for at least 10 years may apply for an Age Pension. A number of eligibility criteria must be met. Further information on pension entitlements is available on the Department of Social Services website.