Do you need to tell Centrelink if you return to Australia?

Terry has been receiving his pension overseas but needs to temporarily return to Australia.

Any issues returning to Australia?

Terry has been receiving his pension overseas but needs to temporarily return to Australia and wonders what requirements he needs to fulfil.

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Q. Terry
Can you please tell me what the pension rules are with regards to a temporary return to Australia for a pensioner who resides overseas? What notification is needed and how long can I stay for? I would appreciate any information you can give me on this subject, as I can't find anything.

A. You can stay in Australia for as long as you require. In most cases you don't need to tell Centrelink that you have returned to Australia.

You only need to contact Centrelink if:

  • your payment or concession card stopped while you were away and didn’t restore automatically when you returned
  • you're returning to live in Australia after having lived outside Australia
  • you're paid under an international social security agreement, or
  • Centrelink has asked you to provide evidence for your reason for travel

If you have been away for more than five years you must supply proof of residency in Australia to re-enrol for Medicare if required.

Are you eligible for an Age Pension? Do you know your rights? The PensionChecker™ tool has all the information you need.

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    GrayComputing
    19th Jun 2019
    10:29am
    NO ASSET TEST FOR A PENSION EVER AGAIN!
    A pension is not welfare.

    Now is the season for discontent, so do something about it!
    It is time to kill off this insane hugely expensive pensioner whacking bureaucracy.

    It is time for all of us (yes that means you) to rant at our MPs and Senators daily to take action for human decency and a huge stress reduction for pensioners

    NO ASSET TEST FOR A PENSION EVER AGAIN!
    A pension is not welfare.

    Most economist say we will save taxpayers money by dropping asset testing because of the massive overheads cost in running Centrelink and the 10,000 conflicting rules.

    Hiring more Centrelink staff will only increase taxpayer’s costs for processing the creeping insane red tape monster system politicians and well paid bureaucrats have created.

    Help scrap it now. Become a hero.

    Even poorer New Zealand has a NO ASSET pension so it is cheaper and user friendly.

    Why worry that few million$ earners get it too. That is peanuts to them, not enough for a good vintage champagne.

    Do retired and retiring people really look forward and want 100++ visits to/from Centrelink and be part of 3 million waiting queues and lost calls?

    We all (that means you) need to tell our MP and senators every day that these criminal asset tests for a pension must be dropped now.

    Does your MP really like being part of the system that allows this indirect abuse of the elderly?

    This abuse is actually sponsored by our government and forced down to Centrelink and borders on a criminal act.


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