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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.

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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.

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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 ...

Government gives back your money

Government gives back your money

Government gives back your money

Abbott Government to reverse legislation moving ‘inactive’ account balances to ASIC.

Intergenerational Report released

Intergenerational Report released

Intergenerational Report released

Here’s a breakdown of what it says and how will it affect your future.

2.5 million living in poverty

2.5 million living in poverty

2.5 million living in poverty

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released a report which shows that one ...

Should I go back to my maiden name?

Should I go back to my maiden name?

Should I go back to my maiden name?

After ending two marriages, Sally would like to revert to her maiden name.

Radical plan to cut power bills

Radical plan to cut power bills

Radical plan to cut power bills

Would you be happy to pay 700 per cent more for your power on hot ...

Centrelink

Deeming rates in detail

Deeming rate thresholds will change from 1 July 2016

Will you benefit?

Is Centrelink checking your bank account?

Does Centrelink have the power to check your bank account?

Is this a breach of privacy?

When is a liability an asset?

When is a liability assessed as an asset?

Will it be assessed?

Medicare

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?

New Medicare package announced

Changes to the public health system could see the introduction of health care homes.

Health care conundrum

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?

Seniors Card – What is it?

The Seniors Card is administered by the separate state and territory governments.

What are the benefits?

Federal Government

Census boycotters face fines

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

Participate or pay

GP visits to cost more than $5

One million GP services will cost patients more than the $5 fee planned by the government.

Will you pay?

Welfare review signals change

Review undertaken by Patrick McClure has found welfare system needs restructured.

Will you be affected?

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

States could collect income tax

States and territories could be able to set their own income tax rates.

Where is the leadership?

Centrelink reporting and payment dates

Centrelink will be closing over the Easter holiday period

Will your payment date change?

Who will receive concessions?

Concessions can be a vital component to being able to survive on a fixed income.

Will he save too?

Federal Budget

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

Sneaky cuts will cost

The removal of commonwealth funding for certain concessions could hit pensioners hard.

Did you hear about these cuts?

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