Pension Supplement explained

Debbie explains what, and how much, the Pension Supplement is.

The Pension Supplement has been paid to those on certain Centrelink pensions since September 2009, but there’s still a little confusion about what it covers. Debbie explains what it is and how much you should be receiving. 

What is the Pension Supplement?
Combining the GST Pension Supplement, Utilities Allowance, Pharmaceutical Allowance and the Telephone Allowance, the Pension Supplement is paid fortnightly, along with pension payments, to those who are eligible. 

Who receives it?
You will automatically receive the Pension Supplement if you are paid:

  • Age Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (unless you’re under 21 and have no children)
  • Widow B Pension
  • Wife Pension

You will also receive the Pension Supplement if you are over Age Pension eligibility age and are receiving:

  • Austudy
  • Parenting Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Widow Allowance 

When is it paid?
As said previously, the Pension Supplement is normally paid each fortnight, however, if you would like to be able to plan for large bills, you can opt to have a portion of it paid quarterly. An amount equal to the minimum Pension Supplement amount accrues daily and is paid with your regular payment after the 20th of March, June, September and December. The amount you receive above the minimum amount is still paid fortnightly. To request quarterly payments, contact Centrelink on 13 2300 

How much is the Pension Supplement?
The maximum rate of Pension Supplement depends on your circumstance and the current rates are detailed below: 


Maximum fortnightly payment




$49.70 each or $99.40 combined

Couple separated by ill health

$65.90 each

The Pension Supplement is indexed on 20 March and 20 September each year.

I only get the reduced rate, why is this?
If you receive a part-rate pension or other reduced rate income support payments, then you receive the Pension Supplement at a reduce rate, proportionate to your initial payment. As long as you remain eligible for some income support payment, no matter how little, you will be paid at least the minimum amount of Pension Supplement. 

What are the minimum payment rates?
The minimum payment rates which apply to those requesting quarterly payments or to those who receive part-pension or allowance rates are as follows:


Minimum fortnightly payment




$25.90 each or $51.80 combined

Couple separated by ill health

$34.40 each

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    19th Jun 2013
    If we were to change to the quarterly payment would that mean the NSW government would not take 25% of it for those in public housing?
    I do not understand why it is not paid as a separate supplement so we get it all. After all it is supposed to help us pay bills.
    19th Jun 2013
    like you terrib, i have just recieved a letter from the ministry saying our rent was increasing by
    14 dollars, 7 each, as a couple 14, it seems unfair that he cost of living goes up but every time we get something extra to combat this, the ministry take it, i cant work it out, and when you ring to find out, they baffle you with science, cant win, it stinks,
    21st Jun 2013
    As much as having one payment and amount for the supplement is great, Most of us would like the government to tell us exactly how each item is calculated and to know how much the government has allocated for each allowance e.g. GST, Pharmaceutical, Utilities and Telephone that make up the supplement in March and September each year. We know we are being paid $13.50 per fortnight for clean energy, so why aren't we being told how much we are being paid for the other allowances???
    15th Jul 2013
    I was advised that if I do not take my super as a pension I would get full centre link pension is this correct. Also I was advised the more money that would go into my bank the less pension I would receive. I know a couples who do not draw on their super as a pension and they said they were told they would have full pension from centre link. need to know
    21st Dec 2016
    My wife & I are in our 80's and receive partial age pensions. We believe that the pension Supplement should not be paid to those living overseas permanently but travellers who live in Australia should not be affected.
    3rd Oct 2017
    I have not received the rise in the pension ,also I did not receive the supplement to help pay the winter gas bill

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