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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.

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.

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Housing affordability not an issue

affordable housing for everyone written on a wall

Housing affordability not an issue

The Government’s 20-month inquiry into housing affordability gave its findings on Friday.

Christopher Pyne denies Defence rumours

Christopher Pyne in Parliament

Christopher Pyne denies Defence rumours

Christopher Pyne has denied speculation that he is angling to be named Defence Minister.

Continuing chaos in Canberra

The Bob Day bombshell and Senator Culleton’s ‘dark cloud’

Continuing chaos in Canberra

Australia’s Upper House is in chaos after a day of shock revelations.

Resignations and revelations

Resignations and revelations this week in Aussie politics

Resignations and revelations

It’s only Tuesday, but this past week has been an eventful one for Australian politics.

Over 65s distrustful of politics

Election 2016: Older Australians are dissatisfied with politics

Over 65s distrustful of politics

Ipsos Poll shows older Australians are more likely to be dissatisfied with politics.

NSW election win good for PM

NSW election win good for PM

NSW election win good for PM

The results are in – the Liberals win the NSW election and the Aussie’s win ...

Centrelink

Centrelink reporting and payment dates

Centrelink will be closed on Australia Day.

Will your payment date change?

Centrelink system flaws were known

Reports reveal that the Government knew the Centrelink debt-recovery system was flawed.

The saga continues

Is Minister Tudge fudging?

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has defended Centrelink’s debt recovery system.

Is he joking?

Medicare

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.

Don't miss out

Saving Medicare

Prof. Brian Owler shares his opinion on how our health system can be saved.

Should it be simpler?

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

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

Senator Hinch names paedophiles

Did Derryn Hinch abuse his power by naming and shaming child sex offenders?

Abuse of power?

Census boycotters face fines

The ABS warns that boycotting the Census will result in fines.

Participate or pay

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?

One third of over 60s in poverty

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

Alarming figures

Pension changes get Green light

Changes to pension asset thresholds and taper rate will pass through the Senate.

Pension changes ahead

News

Centrelink reporting and payment dates

Centrelink will be closed on Australia Day.

Will your payment date change?

Get ready for electronic voting

Malcolm Turnbull has requested a cabinet submission on the use of swipe cards to vote.

Is it secure?

Sam Dastyari's donation disaster

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari attacked by the Coalition for receiving “cash for comment”.

Dodgy donations?

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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