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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.

Experts on retirement review

Experts, members add their voice to retirement review

Experts on retirement review

Ensure your concerns are heard in the Government’s retirement income review.

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Justice for Centrelink victims?

Justice for Centrelink victims?

Justice for Centrelink victims?

Gordon Legal launches groundbreaking class action against robo-debt.

Pension boost unlikely to help many

Pension boost unlikely to help many

Pension boost unlikely to help many

Freedom of Information documents reveal the change to deeming rates is insignificant.

More bust than boom

More bust than boom

More bust than boom

Baby boomers are redefining the workforce – and the ranks of the unemployed.

Call to change rules for couples

Call to change rules for couples

Call to change rules for couples

A new report finds Centrelink’s couple rule is causing difficulties for victims of violence.

Senate to debate Newstart bump

Senate to debate Newstart bump

Senate to debate Newstart bump

The Age Pension base rate looks good next to Newstart rates.

How to transfer a UK Pension

How to transfer your UK Pension to Australia

How to transfer a UK Pension

What is the process for transferring your UK pension to Australia?

Centrelink

How much money can a carer earn?

Kevin wants to know what the rules are regarding work and carers’ payments.

How much work?

Telling Centrelink about travel

Clayton receives the DSP and wants to know the rules around overseas travel.

When to tell

Buying extra land and the pension

Vivienne and her husband want to know whether they should buy or lease extra land.

Buy or lease?

Medicare

Health insurance in ‘death spiral’

NIB boss wants Medicare abolished.

Crisis time

Medicare rebate freeze explained

Labor promises to end freeze within 50 days if it is elected.

Key to better healthcare?

Medicare to benefit

It seems that a healthy economy means big health spending.

Healthy budget

Seniors Card

Your allowances and discounts

How can age pensioners ensure they are making every dollar count?

All your allowances

What concessions do I get with a CSHC?

What concessions do you get if you have a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

Which concessions?

Is your concession card in the mail?

More than 90,000 concession cards will be reinstated to former part-pensioners this week.

Your benefits

Federal Government

ALP announces over-55s jobs plan

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten launches job creation plan, aimed at helping over-55s.

Job creation plan

New political party for retirees

Self-managed super fund expert looks to protect self-funded retirees.

SMSF party

Your take on last week’s fiasco

We asked you who you would have voted for, and the results are surprising.

Your choice was?

State Government

Victoria passes assisted dying laws

Dying with dignity laws to be in full effect in Victoria by June 2019.

Vics lead the way

‘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

Veterans’ Affairs

Three generations brought together

An Anzac Day-inspired journey to Amiens Cathedral – to honour, to grieve, to understand.

From the heart

Outrage at veterans’ compensation

Calls for Government to address inequity in compensation payments to veterans.

Looking after veterans

Supporting veterans

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

ANZAC Centenary

Pension

Problems selling the family home

To have or have-not? What happens if Kevin sells the family home?

What does Noel say?

Calls for urgent pension review

Disability advocates and researchers are calling for urgent reforms to the Disability Support Pension.

Pension review

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?

News

Ex-PM damns his former party

Who’s to blame for high energy bills? The Liberal Party, says former PM.

PM throws shade

Retirement review compromised?

Review to assess how the retirement income system will perform as the population ages.

‘Skewed’ review

Welfare’s health problem

People receiving welfare are more likely to have multiple health conditions.

DSP study

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