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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.

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.

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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.

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”.

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?

Are you eligible for a concession?

Which concession card works best?

Concession cards

Newstart rates and thresholds 20 September

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

Find out more

Medicare

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

Medicare rebate freeze to be lifted

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

At what cost?

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

Renewed push for sugar tax

Health organisations are pushing for a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks.

Sugar tax back

Scrapping energy subsidy a shock tactic

ACOSS: abolishing the energy supplement would be akin to human rights abuse.

Block the bill

Fixed four-year terms on the cards

Pollies investigating ways to make it harder to give them the boot.

A cynical move?

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

Is your concession card in the mail?

More than 90,000 concession cards will be reinstated to former part-pensioners this week.

Your benefits

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 September 2017

How much more Age Pension will you receive?

How much will you get?

News

How much will you pay for power?

Government claims new energy plan will 'guarantee' better supply and lower emissions.

At ‘watt’ cost?

Centrelink to outsource call centre

Centrelink announced it will outsource its strained call centre to a foreign company.

Biting the bullet

Government’s $15m elder abuse plan

The Government makes a $15 million election pledge to protect older Australians.

Do you need protection?

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.

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