Given that they want to settle the relationship between their two countries with respect to social security benefits and coverage, they agreed that the agreement would not apply to self-employed Australian residents working in the United States. They are not subject to the Superguarantee Act in Australia, so there is no double super coverage. Our bilateral social security agreement with the United States applies in the event of double super-coverage, i.e. if you or your employee must, otherwise, make superguarantees (or equivalent) in both countries for the same work of your employee. It applies to Australia`s Superguarantee Act and U.S. social security laws. All these agreements are based on the concept of shared responsibility. Shared responsibility agreements are reciprocal. Under each agreement, partner countries make concessions on their social security rules so that people covered by the agreement have access to payments for which they might not otherwise be entitled. In this way, the responsibility for social security is shared between the countries where a person has lived during his working years and the person can release potential rights.
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