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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

Can I take a super lump sum?

Hazel wants to take a lump sum out of her super but is worried about her payments.

Centrelink Q&A

Welfare payments slammed

As the government extols the virtues of its Centrelink IT overhaul, a new report slams the adequacy of welfare payments.

Condemned to poverty

Forgiving a loan and the pension

Ken lent money to his son, but thinks it is unlikely to be repaid. What does that mean for his pension?

Forgive and forget

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

Know your concession entitlements

Jacqueline has received her concession card with her husband's name on it and wants to know his entitlements.

Centrelink Q&A

PCC rules and eligibility

Your partner may be eligible for concessions, even if they’re not on the pension.

Centrelink Q&A

Your allowances and discounts

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

All your allowances

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

Do you qualify for an Age Pension?

YourLifeChoices keeps you up to date with retirement income changes.

Income tests revised

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

News

Trust in politics at historic lows

Trust in politicians and institutions at a 40-year low.

No trust

Welfare payments slammed

As the government extols the virtues of its Centrelink IT overhaul, a new report slams the adequacy of welfare payments.

Condemned to poverty

Set to retire? Think again

Older Australians must work for longer for a sustainable economy, says the Treasurer.

‘Economic time bomb’

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