The appellant was awarded a mixed insurance pro-rata State Pension (Contributory) based on his record of modified contributions, both paid and credited. The Appeals Officer concluded that the rate of pension from the appellant’s modified record was correct. With regard to his contributions from his employment in Australia, the appellant was not entitled to include these contributions with his Irish contributions for the purposes of eligibility to State Pension (Contributory). However, it was noted that he may be entitled to a pension based on his contributions in Australia. The department was awaiting a reply from the Australian authorities and his entitlement to a bi-lateral pension would be examined on receipt of this reply. If the appellant qualified for a bi-lateral pension from the department, he would be awarded the higher rate of pension, whichever was the more favourable between his current mixed insurance pro-rata State Pension and the bi-lateral pension but not both simultaneously. The Appeals Officer concluded that the department’s decision, as at the time of the appeal, was correct.