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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.

How will land tax affect retirees?

Land taxes may be coming, what will it mean for retirees?

How will land tax affect retirees?

Victoria and NSW are considering scrapping stamp duty in favour of land taxes.

Top Stories

  1. Older Australians facing financial ruin
  1. Zoos, aquariums secure lifeline
  1. Stimulus spending to make or break
  1. Assistance may be cut short
  1. PM outlines plan for easing restrictions

ATO crackdown on COVID payments

Businessman study report using a magnifying glass

ATO crackdown on COVID payments

The tax office is zeroing in on fraud schemes taking advantage of stimulus packages.

Lockdown threat for Victorian hot spots

Picnic area closed due to Coronavirus

Lockdown threat for Victorian hot spots

Victoria’s coronavirus spike raises the prospect of local lockdowns.

Why HomeBuilder misses the mark

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Why HomeBuilder misses the mark

Scheme could have helped make our homes more sustainable and cheaper to run.

Age-friendly ACT plan

Age-friendly ACT plan

Age-friendly ACT plan

Canberra announces a plan aimed at keeping older Australians employed.

Government makes no apologies

minister robert stuart and attorney general christian porter with centrelink overlay

Government makes no apologies

Government admits the program was unlawful but refuses to apologise for it.

Tax raid in store on super earnings?

Tax raid in store on super earnings?

Tax raid in store on super earnings?

Experts tell how government may seek to ease the financial burden of COVID-19.

Centrelink

When pensions are treated differently

John wants to know what happens to his overseas pension payment if he gets married.

Couple conundrum

PM flags second wave stimulus

New support measure will be extended beyond Victoria as second wave threatens.

More support on the way

Road gets rockier for older jobless

Plight of older jobless highlighted in university’s ‘roadmap to recovery’.

Retirement wrecked?

Medicare

More Medicare-funded dental

Senator seeks to tackle ‘shocking rates of preventable oral health disease and hospital admissions’.

Motion for Denticare

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?

Seniors Card

Health card may be key to $750 payment

Check your eligibility to ensure you don’t inadvertently miss out on stimulus.

Eligibility explained

Which card do you qualify for?

Bernadette is over pension age but still working. Does she qualify for concessions?

Concession concern

Seniors Card explained

Are you eligible for big savings with a Seniors Card?

Are you eligible?

Federal Government

Was there slavery in Australia?

Scott Morrison asserted in a radio interview that “there was no slavery in Australia”.

History lesson

Why HomeBuilder misses the mark

Scheme could have helped make our homes more sustainable and cheaper to run.

Rethink the priorities

Stimulus spending to make or break

Will the government’s $200 billion stimulus package make or break the economy?

Make or break

State Government

Age-friendly ACT plan

Canberra announces a plan aimed at keeping older Australians employed.

Age-friendly plan

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

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

Middle Australia’s mean pension test

Actuaries worry means test will force Australians to spend savings before retirement.

A mean test

Robo-debt refunds could total $550m

ACOSS calls on the government to immediately cancel all robo-debts and refund the money.

Robodebt refunds

Seniors and pensioners tax offset

As a pensioner, you may be eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO).

Get your tax offset

News

Changes to telehealth coming

From 20 July you will only be able to book a telehealth appointment with your regular GP.

Changes coming

Australians’ attitudes towards ageing

Australians may misunderstand older people but want them to be looked after.

Independence a priority

GST holiday to ease recession

Why this recession will be different, and what can be done to help.

GST holiday

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