Living apart – together

Could George and his wife be reassessed as singles?

Living apart – together

George and his wife are effectively living separate lives, but are still assessed as a couple, which is causing them financial hardship. Could they be reassessed as singles?

Q. George
My wife and I are 85 and 86 years of age respectively. We still live in my wife's fully paid-off home and receive the Age Pension as a couple.

However for nearly 10 years, since my open heart surgery (in May 2004) and various ongoing heart problems, we are living in separate bedrooms, have separate TV sets, separate wardrobes, but a common fridge and do our shopping on alternate system. We also share a motor vehicle. Although our pensions are deposited to our joint bank account, money is divided, after payment of utilities.

We struggle to make ends meet since my modest income from doing some limited accountancy work has diminished. Under these circumstances would we be eligible to receive the single rate of pension, and if this is possible, then what steps do we need to take to achieve this very important change?

A. Generally when you are married and have assets and bank accounts in common then Centrelink will consider that you are a couple. Where being assessed as a member of a couple is causing you financial hardship, Centrelink can, in some instances, consider special circumstances to classify you as a single.

This is covered in Section 24 of the Social Security Act and there are no specific guidelines – it is a discretionary decision. You can find out more about Section 24 of the Social Security Act from the Australian Law Reform Commission – www.alrc.gov.au  

You should contact Centrelink to discuss your circumstances, but you may also wish to consider legal separation and splitting of your joint assets and accounts.





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    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    10:27am
    I know plenty of George and Mildred's !! But they are more Cunning than Yours !!
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2014
    11:25am
    I had a George and Mildred living next door. They kept insisting they were just friends and George lived somewhere else, but they tripped up when I was told George's little car had broken down but they would not let me fix it. Anyway this went on for some time and I couldn't help but think how sad it was that such a piddly amount of money kept them apart for 2 days a week.
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    11:37am
    Frank..I knew a couple in another State before I came back Home. They had 2 houses on the same Street ! He Retired and they got Divorced, She moved into the other house ! Problem solved !! That's Why I liked that song !...Live Close By And Visit Often !!..TRUE !!
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2014
    12:26pm
    Even my dog thinks you're quite a guy
    save us both a lota misery
    he he he, I like it!
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    12:41pm
    I'm a Pet Magnet Frank !! I was walking home late one Friday night on a bush road after leaving a dance, when I was about 17 ! And an Owl landed on My shoulder ?? ..
    HOO HOO !!
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2014
    3:50pm
    You too??!! That happens to me all the time. Wild birds fly out of trees and land on my arm. I held a wild honey eater in my hand and he went to sleep. I thought it was just a crazy thing that only happened to me. It's great to hear. I have a theory that it is my very slow heart beat? What is your resting heart rate?
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    5:20pm
    BOOM DIDDY BOOM DIDDY BOOM DIDDY BOOM !! Yep !!
    Jenny
    26th Sep 2014
    11:03am
    I would imagine that the fact that you are living together in one house makes a difference to your status. Thus you have only one council rates to pay, one power bill, one home insurance, and all those kinds of costs associated with housing. Singles have to find the wherewithal alone to cover all these costs. If you were to split completely you would have to pay your own way in everything. By all means find out if there is any way to legally improve your circumstances, but I don't think you are entitled to consider yorselves as singles under these circumstances. You have my sympathy.
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    11:25am
    After reading that again, I see the Kerfuffle !! ..It must be Bedlam trying to live on $307 a week each ?? After Rates and Bills ,Fuel Etc., You must be living on Black and Gold Oats ??.. Find out how many Refugees or Borders You are allowed to take in to help with expenses !!.
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2014
    11:35am
    I don't see why we cannot have a single pension for all those who are eligible? That way there would be no relationship modification pressures. Same for 16 year olds who decided to leave home for an increase.
    nan
    26th Sep 2014
    12:10pm
    I used to know a farely young couple who lived in the same house, and moved to another together but were classed as singles. I'd say get a divorce if it weren't so expensive. I also know an older lady who has moved in with her "friend" as his border. They will be living well.
    Pardelope
    3rd Oct 2014
    12:18am
    Getting a divorce is not expensive - if you do the paperwork yourself.

    What is expensive is moving house, paying separate Council rates, insurance etc etc. Singles get more pension because many of the set expenses are the same for a single as for a couple or sharers. Also, travel (for example) is usually more expensive as a single. Think carefully before deciding to go it alone.
    speakup
    26th Sep 2014
    12:29pm
    I have written to the Government many times on this subject.There is a shortage in Australia of rented property and housing most of this could be corrected by single pensioners being allowed to live together legally by being paid as 2 singles.
    This means that all the single couples living in separate homes would still receive the single Pension and a married couple would receive the same as two singles ,this would free up thousands of homes and the Government would also save a lot of money and administration on all the Government SNOOPERS they employ,also couples would be able to marry without having their income reduced
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    12:54pm
    I'm not sure if this is Changing the Subject? But there doesn't seem to be a problem where I live in Govt. Housing !! They are ONE Bedroom Units ,but some of the neighbours have up to 5and 6 peeps leave every morning and return after dark at night ?? Thank God the Partying has Ceased after many complaints ! Its a Bed by Stealth now by the looks of it ?? I do see the problem though ! Who on the Dole has got $280 + a week for Private Rent ??.. The System Sucks !!
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    12:56pm
    I Spokeup, Speakup !!
    nan
    26th Sep 2014
    1:19pm
    $280 isn't enough for genuine job seekers. Some are being used for slave labour called work for the dole.
    Adrianus
    1st Oct 2014
    8:19am
    I'm in favour of work for the dole. It gets people active.
    particolor
    1st Oct 2014
    11:14am
    Frank.. I must be missing something around these parts ?? They wouldn't work in an Iron Lung !!
    KSS
    26th Sep 2014
    1:47pm
    The fact is you are married. That's the end of it. You choose to live as you do.
    That may sound harsh but those are the facts. If you don't like it then it is up to you to change things, not the tax payer to subsidise your lifestyle choices.
    Adrianus
    1st Oct 2014
    8:21am
    There are a lot of people who don't find it too harsh. I'm sure there are?
    Hawkeye
    26th Sep 2014
    1:58pm
    You sound like a pretty normal married couple to me!!!
    Methinks you are trying to rort the system.
    This would leave less money in the pot for everyone else, and give Tony & Joe more ammunition to attack the real needy.
    speakup
    26th Sep 2014
    3:37pm
    The system stinks why should a married couple be penalized with less income than a single couple ? is this equality ? of course not its for the government to save money to keep them in their lifestyle that they DONT deserve
    nan
    26th Sep 2014
    4:08pm
    speakup. You are right in a sense as there many people share houses, apartments etc and get a single pension but because two people happen to be married get less.
    Anonymous
    30th Sep 2014
    12:08pm
    Best two answers to date. Glad to see. Of course any two people or bother sister or cousins can share a house and pay portions of utilities and get the single pension. Why then should a married couple be discriminated against for have a marriage certificate. I tell people never fill in a tax return as a partner and keep single name or dont register a marriage or suffer.
    Because there is no "economy of scale" in being a couple any more than two not marrieds living together. But you get the bleating, men often more than women, "oh but you have to cook 2 meals etc." Straight out out the governments 'divide and rule" handbook and it is being expressed here today as well. Gladen their greedy hearts to see you all argue about marrieds getting more than singles. DUH. Well a household gets the concession on electricity ! The only thing a couple share in essence, that is more difficult for a singles, is the cost of their roof over their heads. Which is why better to share. So if they are clamping down on that - time to get a petition going on Change for being paid the exact same amount of basic pension and on top the extra already being paid for renting - being paid for rates to help out home owners. One concession per household there too.
    Oh and dont forget that the 'super' brats who sneer at pensioners for 'pissing it all away and not saving' are getting our tax dollars added to boast their super and quiet abut that too. Fight back for Goodness Sake.
    Not Senile Yet!
    26th Sep 2014
    4:09pm
    Divorce her! Settle all the shared property......then draw up a rental agreement for 10yrs. Claim your single pensions!
    So sad that the Government is going to make people be dishonest just to Survive! Makes a mockery of any system when people are forced to be dishonest because they are not getting a fair go by being honest!
    What are George & Mildred going to do when they further devalue the Pension under Abbot & Hockey's Budget Cuts.....live on dog food/cat food.
    I know of others who have sold- up and downsized...one couple sold their home for $800,00 and split up (divorced) to build separate granny flats at the rear of their kids homes for $300,000(for 2).....but at least they were in neighbouring suburbs. Found they have never got along better...what with time out.....are closer to their grandkids and often still stay over at each others' flats.
    Sometime you need to think outside the square to do things legally and meet the systems rules! They are now single and dating!
    It is the devaluation of the Pension by inflation (real inflation not the CPI the govt quotes) that causes this hardship.
    Remember most retirees did not have any Superannuation and those that did...had very little! Why? They were taught that their home was their super! Others simply give up and go to the Retirement homes never to be seen again!
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    5:42pm
    You forgot to put another Naughty on the $800,00 ??
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2014
    7:18am
    Yesterday I got a text from Telstra saying they were giving me a $59,000 credit. That's a lot better than the unwanted $59.00 bill they gave me 2 weeks ago. And now they want me to do 5 surveys to see how they are going.
    particolor
    1st Oct 2014
    11:22am
    I did one of those Surveys Frank !! And I think they thinking of Suing Me ??
    Lee
    26th Sep 2014
    5:23pm
    I know a number of de facto couples who collect the single pension. Both even get the rego concession on their vehicles - never been caught.
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    5:45pm
    Lucky Octopi !!
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2014
    6:37pm
    Do all the gay couples get single pensions?
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    6:43pm
    Only if they don't eat Meat on Fridays !!
    nan
    26th Sep 2014
    6:49pm
    Frank. Now that's a good question. They are supposed to declare their relationship, but do they? Why would they if others, two men or two women, don't.
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    6:59pm
    I thought it was a good Question too !! and Smells of Discrimination somewhere ? Its not something that can be Proven ?? HMMM ?? Ill think about this !!
    Adrianus
    26th Sep 2014
    10:14pm
    Its just a question. I'm not saying one way or the other. Just saying, that's all. I'm too old to go to gaol.......mmwah!!!
    particolor
    26th Sep 2014
    10:38pm
    No !! Not You Frank ! The Fact of the matter is what we meant !! Are they Double Dipping ? .. And I don't care about BS Discrimination and One sided Racism and any other Headlining Trash they can drag up !! Just the real Facts ! Not some Fickle Modern day imaginations, or Flavour of the Month !! What IS going on in the World Today ???
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2014
    10:35am
    I think the system has been tweeked too many times by too many in order to please too few. Why does CentreLink insist on this discriminatory behaviour? Why not have true equality and offer the pension to the individual based on the circumstances of that individual? Why bring sex into the assessment at all? When you apply at centrelink do you need to declare your sex? I heard it was not necessary now for them to know? Only for Lambie?
    nan
    27th Sep 2014
    11:07am
    Frank. You are so right. As a woman I see it this way: For the past few decades the goverment has pushed, wrongly or rightly, for married women, with or without children,to work. So the women are paying taxes and mothers are, in afect, doing two jobs. Then when these women retire, they and their partners are dicriminated against because they are, as you pointed out, "having sex", not that all the singles aren't. I also see one blatent discrimination when I pay full registration on my car, but my husband gets a pensioner discount on his. (now please don't everybody start about how lucky we are to have two cars) We have two cars, one of which is over 40 years old and has been well maintained, and the other a gift from our children. Lots of people, specially older people, need to share for ecanomical reasons but don't because it would be persumed by centrelink that they are in a sexual relationship. Ironicaly, many older couples (Not all) no longer have sex for any number of reasons.
    particolor
    27th Sep 2014
    11:35am
    Him..." I've bought You a glass of water and a Panadol Dear !"..
    Her... "What's that for ?"..
    Him... "Well I thought You would have a Headache ? "
    nan
    27th Sep 2014
    11:39am
    Sorry particolor, he's the one with the headache. :)
    particolor
    27th Sep 2014
    11:51am
    Yeah !! Ya get that sometimes !! Past their Best by 94 .....
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2014
    1:21pm
    nan, I can see your Freudian slip showing. I didn't mention anything about having sex, did I? I was talking about declaring your sex. When it comes to ticking the box there is no room to write "yes please."
    But you are absolutely correct!! its all about who is having sex with whom at CentreLink and I think they should not rely on that line of presumptive decision making. As you correctly put it if a couple is married and not hrmg, doing it then there is no benefit over say an unmarried couple who are having a wonderful sex life but refusing to admit it.
    The more I think about it the more confusing it sounds.
    particolor
    27th Sep 2014
    1:34pm
    And where it says Age, You do Not write.. About 25 Please !!
    Wendy HK
    27th Sep 2014
    8:41pm
    My cheating ex daughter-in-law lives in a gov. house on single parent payment (my son has the kids 5 days a week) her (may as well be live-in) boyfriend lives in a gov. house next door. Single payments to both. Unfair!
    particolor
    28th Sep 2014
    12:16pm
    I know of Stacks of that Wendy !! Get Nasty and have the Cheat Cops around to visit both of them !!
    Adrianus
    28th Sep 2014
    3:39pm
    Don't get nasty, get even!!
    Just who is responsible for cutting the grass in that street?
    Wendy, it must be hard for your son to hold down a job and care for the kids 5 days a week? Is that Mon-Fri ?
    Radish
    27th Sep 2014
    3:49pm
    Pull the other one Gorge!!
    particolor
    27th Sep 2014
    4:11pm
    It plays Yanky Doodle !!
    Mak
    28th Sep 2014
    1:01pm
    Useless, selfish government.
    A man works all his life, pays tax and retires and his wife is still working.
    The man does not get a full pension merely a few dollars but he deserves a full pension as he has been of benefit to Australia when working.
    Australia is a country full of stupid rules and dictatorship over genuine citizens, but illegal immigrants and refugees reap many dollars and benefits and have done nothing in return for Australia.
    My loyalty has been thrown on the tip, and I will rort the system whenever possible, so 'they' can spy on me and have fun doing it.
    particolor
    28th Sep 2014
    1:39pm
    Tell them You are Islamic,and Demand a Full Halel Old Age Pension !! You'll get it !They are frightened of them !!..
    I found a Perfectly good Loyalty at the Tip this Morning ?? Anyone own it ??
    Adrianus
    28th Sep 2014
    3:44pm
    Governments cant please everyone all the time, of course. However, in my opinion, this government is doing a good job compared to say the Syrian government.

    Parti, I think you would need to go to the mosque to apply for the halal pension wouldn't you?
    particolor
    28th Sep 2014
    3:59pm
    I looked up the Meaning of that Halal Thing on Google !! And its to do with Cutting the Throats of Animals and Letting the Blood Drain out ! OK !! But what the Hell has it got to do with Bloody Biscuits ?? Who cuts the Throats of the Wheat Grains ??
    IIt is an Extortion racket in My eyes, and if it isn't .. I want a Label on MY Biscuits saying These Biscuits were Blessed by a Priest of the Holiest of Orders and made using Holy Water !!!! YEP !! Or I wont Buy Them !!
    Adrianus
    28th Sep 2014
    6:23pm
    I don't think they have food inspectors who do any detailed investigation, but the biscuits would need to be blessed by someone who knows the Quran inside out! It's a $1 trillion pa world wide extortion racket. It's bigger than Al Gore's solar panel rort. When we get outnumbered will you be converting? I don't know that I will. The 4 wives part could be appealing? I guess a few men will convert on those benefits alone? I cant see many women converting.
    nan
    28th Sep 2014
    6:45pm
    I believe the RSPCA does not approve of the way the animals are killed for Halal meat but the goverment won't let them say anything for fear it will cause trouble.
    particolor
    28th Sep 2014
    6:49pm
    Sorry for the Subject Change there !!..Now where are My 2 Female House sharers ??
    particolor
    28th Sep 2014
    6:59pm
    Nan.. I also read up on that ! And according to studies and Sticking Sensors(PROBES) in the animals Heads !! WTF?? They say it is more Humane and causes less pain to the Animals than the way we do it ?? I think they had to say that so as not to cause Offence ... I'm starting to get Offended by the way they keep telling us we are Offending them !!..
    Adrianus
    28th Sep 2014
    9:04pm
    It was the Gillard Government which stopped live exports to Indonesia because of their slaughtering methods and brutal demeaning of animals.
    Subject Change;
    So, parti you will be allowed 4 wives under the new laws. You are aware of that?
    May I suggest when you convert, you get 2 King Beds and push them together to make a Double King?
    particolor
    29th Sep 2014
    7:17am
    Yes 2 King Beds One at one wall and the other at the other wall Sleep one and have a Far King !!
    Adrianus
    29th Sep 2014
    7:51pm
    Why don't you name one after our Treasurer, just Joe King?
    Not Senile Yet!
    29th Sep 2014
    6:52pm
    The Government need to get it's antiquated discriminatory rules updated to the times. Their own laws against sexual discrimination actually would forbid their treatment of married couples being discriminated against for being married!!!
    But no-one can take them to court under that legislation...because the Government has exempted itself!!!!
    Time they changed the Pensions and unemployment to each individual,,,,,and make the compliance be more about length if citizenship and tax paid.....rather than who is married or not married!!!
    They (the Govt) are setting a bad example here.....and they are teaching people to be dishonest....simply because their policy is dishonest and applies only Penalties!!!!
    Shit flows downhill naturally...not uphill!!!!
    Leaders set the example and Parliament set the guidelines by the regulations they set.......setting discriminatory one like this.....is bad for all!!!!
    Section 24 should be changed to state...Discrimination on grounds of assumption or based on sexual interests...are illegal!!!
    nan
    29th Sep 2014
    7:05pm
    I know I'm banging my drum again when I refer back to the business of owning a car. Two single people sharing accommadation get a discount on each car registration but a married couple only on one. With more women working throughout their lives and paying tax etc, shouldn't all married people be entitled to the discount on retirement.
    Anonymous
    29th Sep 2014
    8:17pm
    if youre married you only need one car. If you can afford 2 then you dont need a discount.
    Adrianus
    30th Sep 2014
    10:53am
    nan, bang away!!
    If its too much to ask then let's try for a public holiday for old people like they do in Japan.
    Not Senile Yet!
    29th Sep 2014
    6:58pm
    By the way......it is not about the sex you are having.....it is about the reduced cost expended by sharing in Housing investment etc etc.
    I believe it should be off-set by how many children you raised to become Taxpayers......Most Parents have contributed greatly to the tax income of the Country...not to mention growth and infrastructure!!!
    Where is their reward if they are penalised because through their partnership they have attained assets.
    Over 60 should be a NO GO ZONE for all Governments.....It should become a HOW CAN WE HELP YOU BACK ZONE!.....
    Yeah I know......DREAM ON!!!!!
    particolor
    29th Sep 2014
    8:44pm
    Two can sleep as cheaply as one !!
    nan
    30th Sep 2014
    8:52am
    Solman. Rubbish. Married couples are not Siamese twins. If they have both worked and paid the same tax etc why should only one get the discount.
    particolor
    30th Sep 2014
    9:22am
    Has anyone ever checked if Retired Politicians get Free Registration on His or Hers or His and Her cars ???
    Radish
    30th Sep 2014
    10:23am
    If a person wants to get a single pension then get divorced.
    Adrianus
    30th Sep 2014
    10:49am
    KEVIN RUDD $200,000 pension plus estimated $300,000-a-year office and travel costs

    JULIA GILLARD $200,000 pension plus estimated $300,000-a-year office and travel costs

    JOHN HOWARD $250,000 pension plus $300,000 a year in office and travel costs.

    PAUL KEATING $140,000-a-year office, travel, phone costs + pension

    BOB HAWKE $130,000-a-year in office, travel, phone costs + pension

    MALCOLM FRASER $220,000-a-year office, travel, phone + pension

    GOUGH WHITLAM $125,000-a-year office, travel, phone + pension*

    Source: Department of Finance documents.
    buby
    30th Sep 2014
    12:06pm
    The thing is of course just because they live in the same house, and share the house. Doesn't mean they like to watch the same programs or do the same things. Hence the cost of having an extra tv running can add up. Well get solar energy that might help with that lol.
    Now see all that money of those pollies........sheez i'll bet they didn't need that much surely? I'd have done it for half the price lol/ and perhaps have done a better job to boot :P
    particolor
    30th Sep 2014
    4:58pm
    Where's Solomon to Quantify all those Pensions for Millionaires ??
    Anonymous
    30th Sep 2014
    8:54pm
    Nan - on second thoughts neither should get a discount - Happy now ???

    Seriously - couples are already getting more benefits. Savings on housing, utilities, food, maintenance etc etc

    Stopit with your gimme gimme gimme menatlity, it embarassing !!!
    nan
    30th Sep 2014
    9:00pm
    Solomon. I put it forward as an example of discrimination between a married couple and two single people sharing accomadation. Also I know that some married couples keep their money seperate, which means that, in most cases, the husband will be the one to recieve the discount on his car.
    Anonymous
    30th Sep 2014
    9:09pm
    you can have separate bank accounts - so what
    you're joint expenses will still be less than 2 single persons.

    and why do you LET your husband get the discount - silly billy
    Adrianus
    1st Oct 2014
    8:02am
    Fraser and Howard get a little extra because they have to endure the annual PM's reunion.
    particolor
    1st Oct 2014
    11:34am
    South American Countries have the Best Retired Politicians Plan or Pension !! Put them in Exile Pension Less !! OR Step around the back of the Shed ??
    Lori
    30th Sep 2014
    2:47pm
    If it's not about sex and just about living together as a couple......why do they use having sex as a indicator of being a couple? What? Oh I know......they are effectively putting a price on sex. If you live on same house as siblings... Cousins....friends...or strangers there's no problem. If you have sex.it will cost you approx....$180.00 a fortnight with the cut from two singles pension to the basic couples pension. that's a lot of bread! then there's the issue of a whose house becomes the asset tested one. The 'couple' will lose even more pension over that.....as it becomes a levied asset. Still life never was fair.......freedom has always only.been a dream for most folk....looking back to fairly recent history. I'm off to buy an icecream while I still can........because if I find a boyfriend I might just have to.settle.for the occasional...at our age....sex. There'll be no cream allowed.
    particolor
    30th Sep 2014
    5:40pm
    Enjoy Your Cone !!
    nan
    30th Sep 2014
    5:48pm
    Lori, Yes there's a lot to think about. Two single people that start to live together ( as if married) usually also want to keep their independence.
    Anonymous
    30th Sep 2014
    8:57pm
    So tell me then - why dont you live apart and get MORE

    I'll tell you why - coz its cheaper to live together innit?

    Sp please stop complaining , for god's sake
    particolor
    30th Sep 2014
    9:06pm
    The next person to complain on here will be Spanked !!
    Anonymous
    30th Sep 2014
    9:15pm
    parti - you have my permission to spank nan.

    30th Sep 2014
    8:59pm
    George - why don't you guys get a legal separation order and then a divorce.
    nan
    30th Sep 2014
    9:03pm
    Solomon You are just being silly and missing the whole point of the subject.
    Anonymous
    30th Sep 2014
    9:06pm
    I got the point nan

    They want more government handouts.

    They want want others have

    Didn't realize keeping up with the Joneses still applied to retirees
    particolor
    30th Sep 2014
    9:11pm
    I think Mildred wants a New Dress like Mrs Jones has ? But cant afford it !! Well until the decree Nisi comes off anyhow ??
    Lori
    1st Oct 2014
    6:16am
    They actually just want to survive and eat cake. Not an unreasonable request.
    I decided to have my icecream next week after I savor the thought for a while. Makes my mouth water to think about it...pleasure feed the hedonist. This widow has another reason to ponder whether she dOes or whether she doesn't...look for a guy who can keep her after the style to which she would like to become accustomed.
    Adrianus
    1st Oct 2014
    8:16am
    Icecream will have that effect? Best to ration and have it next week.
    B j
    1st Oct 2014
    10:37am
    In regards to pension rego,my husband & I are a pension couple & have a vehicle each registered in own names we receive the pension discount on both cars. You are entitled to this as long as they are registered in seperate names.(N.S.W)
    particolor
    1st Oct 2014
    11:00am
    Thank You ....
    nan
    1st Oct 2014
    11:01am
    Bj Not in QLD. I think NSW is being fair.
    particolor
    1st Oct 2014
    11:12am
    Yes I'm in NSW but was always under the Impression of One (So Called Free) Registration per Household or Pensioner Couple if You will !!
    Adrianus
    1st Oct 2014
    12:04pm
    I know of people who live in NSW, Vic, SA and register their caravans in QLD because its cheaper.
    particolor
    1st Oct 2014
    12:36pm
    I know of Politicians that live in NSW and go to the ACT because the Pension and Perks are better .
    Radish
    3rd Oct 2014
    7:18am
    Great to hear people on pension can afford two cars. Well done Bj!
    Bueli
    30th Sep 2015
    12:19am
    I'm 62 years old living in Australia for 40 years,worked for many years, now my parents who live in overseas need my support,I have to go and stay with them as much are they need me my question is if I'm still in overseas,for the 5 or 10 years how can I apply for my Age pension?Do I have to return to Australia or can I apply in USA(where my parents live)
    B j
    15th Aug 2017
    1:23pm
    Referring to discount on car registration.My husband & I are on the aged pension had a car each & received free registration as long as each car is registered in your own name ie my car in my name his in his you are entitled to free rego only.


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