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Welcome to the YOURLifeChoices Centrelink Page which offers simple shortcuts to find what you want more easily. Stay up-to-date with explanations of the latest Centrelink changes. Our Pension page has a range of information covering eligibility, Bonus Payments and entitlements. We have not forgotten those on the Age Pension, Widow Allowance, Disability Support Pension (DSP) and those receiving Carer Payments, with information updated weekly, including links to Centrelink online services and the latest pension news for senior Australians.


Centrelink Pensions and Payments for Senior Australians





 

Investment property and the DSP

Investment property and the DSP

Lily isn’t sure what moving home will mean for her pension or tax liability.

Top Stories

  1. Rent Assistance on site fees
  1. New asset deeming limits
  1. Pension indexation simplified
  1. When is a liability an asset?
  1. Pension advance payments

Income test limits for pensions

Income test limits for pensions

The new Age Pension income limits which apply from 1 July 2014 could be beneficial.

Asset test tables

Asset test tables

View the tables below to find out the Asset Test Limits.

Using super to pay out mortgage

Using super to pay out mortgage

Could Jenny use her super to pay out her mortgage and still get an Age ...

How much will be exempt?

How much will be exempt?

Will downsizing be a blessing in disguise for Graham?

Retiring from the workforce

Retiring from the workforce

Can you get the Age Pension if you stop working before 65?

Will my inheritance be assessed?

Will my inheritance be assessed?

Will Shirley’s inheritance affect her Age Pension?

Income Stream Reviews go online

Income Stream Reviews go online

From 1 August 2014 you will be able to complete your Income Stream Review online.

Couple's Age Pension quandary

Couple's Age Pension quandary

Jeff would like to know if he will receive a single or couples' Age Pension. ...

Allowable Earnings

Low Income Health Care Card

You may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card if your income falls below the qualifying limits.

Do you qualify?

Income test limits for pensions

The new Age Pension income limits which apply from 1 July 2014 could be beneficial.

Can you now claim the Age Pension?

Asset test tables

View the tables below to find out the Asset Test Limits.

Asset test limits

Carer Payments

Do I get a $600 bonus?

James wants to know if he should be getting a bi-annual bonus from Centrelink.

Is James missing out?

Annual Carers’ Supplement

Will the Carer’s Supplement be paid this year and if so, when?

Will I get the $600?

Carer bonus payments

Waren would like to know if he will receive a carer bonus payment this year.

Will you receive the carer supplement?

Centrelink News

Pension increases September 2014

From 20 September 2014 pension rates will increase as a result of biannual indexation.

Find out what the new rates will be

How much will be exempt?

Will downsizing be a blessing in disguise for Graham?

Centrelink explains

Rent Assistance on site fees

Janet would like to know if she’ll receive Rent Assistance to cover site fees.

Will I get Rent Assistance?

Compensation Payments

Claiming the Age Pension

Claiming a New Zealand pension while in Australia shouldn’t be too difficult, but this hasn’t been the case for YOURLifeChoices member Margaret.

Find out more

Widow Allowance

Widow’s Allowance

Will a one off $5600 share payment affect my Widow's Allowance?

Centrelink responds

Work Bonus

Why is my Age Pension reducing?

Mariam can’t understand why her Age Pension reduces when her husband earns money.

Applying the Work Bonus

Government benefits to working longer

Dennis has continued to work past the age of 65 but isn’t aware of any benefits to which he may be entitled.

What are his entitlements?

Will I be eligible for the Work Bonus?

The Work Bonus enables older workers to supplement their Age Pension.

Remain in the workforce

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Pension increases

Pension increases

From 20 March 2012 pension rates will increase in line with cost of living increases. This will result in an increase of $6.70 for a single Age Pension.

Will your pension increase?

Income test limits for pensions

Income test limits for pensions

The CPI rise in pension payments is also reflected by an increase in the amount of income you can receive before you lose your pension completely.

Centrelink income tests

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Utility bills are on the rise

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Increased asset test limits

Increased asset test limits

Asset limits have been reviewed and increased in line with recent CPI pension increases.

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Guide to Centrelink

Guide to Centrelink

YOURLifeChoices answer your questions on the Age Pension, Starting retirement and using Centrelink Online Services.

Your Centrelink questions answered