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Foreign Income Exchange Rates

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Last amended: 25 November 2010

Exchange rate for British pensions

The exchange rate used to convert British pensions into Australian dollars is the 'on demand airmail buying rate' as supplied by the Commonwealth Bank. DVA monitors the exchange rates on a daily basis, but only adjusts the exchange rate if the average in any given fortnight varies by plus or minus 2.5% from the base exchange rate. The updated exchange rate is applied immediately to all British:    

  • state pensions,
  • official public service pensions,
  • armed forces superannuation pensions,
  • war pensions, and
  • other income
Exchange rates for other overseas pensions

The exchange rates used to convert the gross rate of other overseas pensions into Australian dollars are the 'telegraphic transfer buying rates' as supplied by the Commonwealth Bank. For infrequently traded currencies not available from the Commonwealth Bank, DVA obtains an appropriate exchange rate from overseas currency sites on the internet.

When are exchange rates updated for other overseas pensions

Exchange rates are obtained every second Friday on the off pension pay week for all non-British overseas pensions and annuities. Updated exchange rates are only applied to assessments when any of the following occur:


For CLIK purposes, British refers to the British Isles:

  • England 
  • Scotland 
  • Wales 
  • Northern Ireland 
  • Isle of Man 
  • Jersey 
  • Guernsey 
  • other adjacent islands

For CLIK purposes, British refers to the British Isles:

  • England 
  • Scotland 
  • Wales 
  • Northern Ireland 
  • Isle of Man 
  • Jersey 
  • Guernsey 
  • other adjacent islands