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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.

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.

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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.

Senator Abetz joins the queue

Liberal Senators speak out against Centrelink robo-debt system

Senator Abetz joins the queue

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says Centrelink system has “let down the Australian people”.

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.

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.

Centrelink

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?

Robo-debt Senate inquiry starts

Community sector representatives have called Centrelink’s debt recovery system inhumane.

Find out more

Newstart rates and thresholds

From 20 March 2017, Newstart rates and thresholds will be indexed.

Will you get more?

Medicare

Medicare rebate freeze to be lifted

The Turnbull Government appears set to unwind the Medicare rebate freeze.

At what cost?

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

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?

Pension increases – 20 March 2017

How much more Age Pension will you receive?

How much will you get?

One third of over 60s in poverty

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

Alarming figures

News

PM accused of buying the election

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull personally donated $1.75 million to the Liberal Party.

Dodgy donation?

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?

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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