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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.

Pension changes March 2018

Government Update: Changes to pension payments and rules

Pension changes March 2018

We keep you up to date with retirement income changes and updates.

Top Stories

  1. Senator Abetz joins the queue
  1. Coalition dumped in opinion polls
  1. Housing affordability not an issue
  1. Christopher Pyne denies Defence rumours
  1. Continuing chaos in Canberra

Govt out of step on energy prices

Govt out of step on energy prices

Govt out of step on energy prices

A new poll shows a clear majority of Australians want energy prices regulated.

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’.

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.

Centrelink

Concession Card eligibility queried

Does Susanne qualify to have the card reinstated?

Eligibility rules

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?

Concession card changes – March 2018

Which concession card works best?

Concession cards

Medicare

Medicare deception revealed

New investigation reveals DHS knew private Medicare details were for sale.

Lies or incompetence?

Medicare scare prompts review

The Government launches an independent review into Medicare accessibility.

Security worry

Are your Medicare details for sale?

A popular site for illegal products offers Medicare details for $30.

Dark days

Seniors Card

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

All eyes on spectacle subsidies

Will your state government pay for your free glasses?

Watch this space

Federal Government

Another secret Canberra affair

Affairs show a double standard between politicians and public servants.

Who is it?

Aussies reject company tax cuts

More people support increasing the company tax rate than decreasing it.

On the nose

Do we need more politicians?

Only 13 per cent of Australians have ever spoken to their representative.

Catch-22

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

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?

Age Pension increases – 20 March 2018

How much more Age Pension will you receive?

How much will you get?

Reducing pension confusion

Most Australians are more confused than ever about their Age Pension entitlements.

Retirement income options

News

PM fails 30th consecutive Newspoll

The PM has failed his 30th consecutive Newspoll. Is it time for him to go?

A matter of opinion

Government aiding failing banks

Richard Di Natale will reveal plans for a people's bank and universal basic income.

Is this the answer?

Ambulance bill stings patients

Insured patients left to foot bills of $5000 for ambulance trips between hospitals.

Hospitals dodge cost

Federal Budget

You’re paying for return to surplus

Parliamentary Budget Office report shows that the nation’s tax burden is now on you.

The burden is now yours

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?

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