The Government of India has entered into an Agreement on Social Security Agreement with Australia. Following the principles of reciprocity this, agreement is intended to benefit the employees of both India as well as the Australia. The agreement has come into force w.e.f 01-01-2016
The Agreement provides inter-alia for posting i.e. detachment up to a period of 60 months for employees of both the countries. Accordingly the employees of one country deputed by their employers to the other country on short-term assignment for a predetermined period of up to a period of 60 months need not remit Social Security Contributions in that country. Thus the employers are saved from making double Social Security contributions for the same set of employees thereby enhancing the competitiveness of their products and services.
Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has been identified as the agency of implement the provisions of the agreement in India and has been authorized to issue “Certificate of coverage” to the employees of Indian establishment posted to the Australia.
The employers, who have already deputed/intend to depute their employees to the Australia can avail of this facility. The application form for this purpose is available on the official web site http://www.epfindia.gov.in. The “Certificate of coverage” will be issued by concerned RO/SRO where the application is submitted. They may also contact their jurisdictional Regional Provident Fund Commissioner or the International Workers Unit in the Head Office at 14, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi -110066 for any further details.