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Government centrelink seniors card pension veteran affairsWelcome to the YourLifeChoices Government page. Here you will find information and resources on the various services provided by state, territory and federal governments through the departments of Social Services, Health and Veterans’ Affairs. On these pages we feature the ‘need to know’ shortcuts to relevant government departments, what they can offer you or your family and how to claim your Seniors Card when you qualify.

Visit our Pension page for the latest changes or pension increases. Our Centrelink page has a wealth of information on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and how to claim your pension overseas. We regularly update our Centrelink page with questions from subscribers, answered by Centrelink, so you can easily find the information you need.

Tony Abbott’s ultimate pub test

Tony Abbott publishes his five-point plan for re-election

Tony Abbott’s ultimate pub test

Tony Abbott has spoken with hundreds of Australians during his ‘ultimate pub test’.

Top Stories

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  1. Resignations and revelations
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How much was Mr Shepherd paid?

How much was Tony Shepherd paid for chairing Commission of Audit?

How much was Mr Shepherd paid?

How much was Tony Shepherd paid his work on the Commission of Audit?

Senators vote down pay freeze

Senators have voted down a motion to freeze their pay

Senators vote down pay freeze

All but six of 75 senators have voted down a motion to freeze their pay.

PM considers gambling ad reforms

Are those annoying gambling ads about to disappear?

PM considers gambling ad reforms

In exchange for relaxed media ownership laws, PM negotiates on gambling ads.

ATO stalking your social media

The Australian Tax Office is stalking your Facebook posts

ATO stalking your social media

Government departments, such as the ATO, are looking at your social media posts.

Senator Abetz joins the queue

Liberal Senators speak out against Centrelink robo-debt system

Senator Abetz joins the queue

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says Centrelink system has “let down the Australian people”.

Coalition dumped in opinion polls

Public opinion expresses disgust at, and distrust of, the Government

Coalition dumped in opinion polls

The Government is seriously slipping in public opinion polls.

Centrelink

Could pensioners be drug tested?

A proposal to target job seekers might eventually target all welfare.

What is next?

AFP won’t investigate Tudge leak

Claims Minister illegally shared private details won’t be investigated.

All above board?

Centrelink debt collectors get heavy

Centrelink debt collectors still chasing debts that are under dispute.

Time to press pause

Medicare

Medicare rebate freeze to be lifted

The Turnbull Government appears set to unwind the Medicare rebate freeze.

At what cost?

DHS threatens ‘Save Medicare’ man

A retired man trying to save Medicare is threatened by the DHS for his trouble.

A new low?

Medicare rebate cheques to end

Claiming your Medicare rebates is about to become more streamlined.

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Seniors Card

Seniors Card explained

Are you eligible for a Seniors Card?

Are you eligible?

Seniors Card – who can get one?

Eligibility for a Seniors Card varies depending in which state or territory you reside. So if you’re 60 years or over, it may be worthwhile checking if you can apply for a Seniors Card. Australian Capital Territory In the Australian Capital Territory, to be eligible ...

Am I eligible?

Centrelink measures

Centrelink will receive $30 million to provide improved call centre services.

Improved call centre service

Federal Government

Government’s $427m travel bill

The government travel system bill for 2015–16 totalled $427 million.

Are they serious?

Treasurer won’t disclose modelling

Scott Morrison has refused to provide economic modelling on company tax cuts.

Is he serious?

Sussan Ley steps down without pay

Sussan Ley has stepped down ‘without pay’ while she explains her use of taxpayer funds.

MP defrauds the public purse

State Government

‘Bill shock’ for solar customers

Customers to face power bill shock as Government incentive schemes expire.

Solar bills set to surge

Taxi subsidy schemes

If you can’t access public transport then you may be entitled to a taxi subsidy.

Help with taxi fares

Free transport alternative to driving

Free public transport for pensioners may make not driving more appealing.

Free public transport for pensioners

Veterans’ Affairs

Supporting veterans

The Government has allocated additional funding for mental health programs for veterans.

ANZAC Centenary

Veteran’s service goes online

Accessing support services and providing information online is a time saving way to deal with large organisations.

Find out more

Veterans Organisations and Web Sites

Find information about Veterans Organisations.

Get more information

Pension

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?

Pension increases – 20 March 2017

How much more Age Pension will you receive?

How much will you get?

One third of over 60s in poverty

Australia has a poverty rate of 33 per cent for those over 60.

Alarming figures

News

Coalition attacks Labor over NDIS

Coalition attacks Labor for not backing a universal Medicare levy hike to fund the NDIS.

NDIS controversy

Older Australians deserting the PM

Since super and Age Pension changes, older Australians are deserting the Coalition.

The big swing

Who will fill the empty seat?

The High Court ruling on Bob Day leaves a vacant seat in the Senate. So, who will fill it?

Find out more

Federal Budget

Government backs off backpacker tax

The Government backflips on its plans for a 32.5 per cent tax on backpacker workers.

Backpacker tax backflip

Bill’s Budget reply

Bill Shorten has given his response to Joe Hockey’s 2015/16 Budget, with education, small business, infrastructure and science ranking as his cornerstones for building a secure future for Australia. If you missed his response, you can watch it here.

Do you agree?

Rate cut “good news” says Joe

The RBA’s cut to the official cash rate isn’t good news for all.

Bad news for retirees

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