9th Jul 2014
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Do I get a $600 bonus?
Do I get a $600 bonus?

Someone had told James that recipients of the Age and Disability Support Pension get a bi-annual bonus, but he can’t remember ever having received this before.

Q. James

A friend of mine has told me that all old age pensioners and disability recipients get a six-monthly bonus of about $600. Is this correct as I can’t ever remember getting this payment?

A. The only payment of which I am aware and which is similar to that you mention is the Carer Supplement. You can find out more by clicking the link below.

www.yourlifechoices.com.au/news/annual-carers-supplement





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    mogo51
    15th Jul 2014
    12:00pm
    I am a DSP recipient and I can assure you I do not get2x $600 payments a year.
    mogo51
    15th Jul 2014
    12:00pm
    I am a DSP recipient and I can assure you I do not get2x $600 payments a year.
    iamnotold
    15th Jul 2014
    12:06pm
    Age pensioners don't get it either. Why don't people just check with Centrelink instead of spreading silly rumours?
    Anonymous
    15th Jul 2014
    12:33pm
    Because folks like rumour rather than facts....
    Tarabelle
    10th Sep 2015
    9:50am
    My Husband is my carer, and he gets a $600 annual payment
    trickyv
    15th Jul 2014
    1:31pm
    if you are a carer and receive a carers pension or get a carer allowance you get a $600 payment after the 1st july each year. The dsp recipient nor the age pension recipient receive it. It's definitely there as I receive it each year, it's bonus for those caring for the disabled.
    Young Simmo
    15th Jul 2014
    5:08pm
    trickyv, do you have to apply each year or is it ongoing after the first year. I am not sure, but think I got it last year, but nothing so far this year as at 15th July.
    Maybe it will be there in the morning, as tomorrow is our pension day.
    Watch this space.
    MITZY
    16th Jul 2014
    8:47am
    Young Simmo: You get it automatically, unless the procedure has changed. However, you do have to fill in medical forms with your doctor and submit them to Centrelink for the carer payment and carer allowance periodically. Not sure if it is every two or three years. That was the case for me until my husband passed away two years ago.
    Lippy
    22nd Mar 2016
    1:20pm
    The bonus is automatically paid, no need to do anything. But even as a carer ( like myself ) it's nice but the fact is if you had to give up work to look after a loved one then it is not a bonus. If you had to get in paid workers to look after your loved ones 24/7 on a DSP/Aged Pension they could not afford this service. If you live with the person, they should at least pay a small wage as caring 24/7 on min. wages would cost about $135,000 year ( MP's salaries almost ). So, if they offered $35,000 as a REAL paid worker you could make ends meet.
    Polly Esther
    15th Jul 2014
    1:35pm
    Someone is being mischievous Jimmy, trying to stir up your juices, in other words having a lend, pulling your leg. Ensure that you get your just desserts in life, nothing more, nothing less.
    tisme
    15th Jul 2014
    1:45pm
    im a carer. I get the 600.00 ( used to be 1000.00) for being on the carer payment, plus 600.00 for each of the two people i care for. my daughter is on disablity she has never received the payment nor has my mother who is 80
    MITZY
    15th Jul 2014
    3:38pm
    tisme: I also used to receive carer payment and carer allowance for my husband who was an MS sufferer.
    The carer payment and carer allowance bonuses ($600 each) were brought in during the Howard Government reign as one-off payments to be paid only while the government was in surplus and the money was available to give them.
    These bonuses started off at $600 and remain the same to this day. When the Rudd Government came into office, Kevin Rudd legislated for these bonuses to remain forever, they are enshrined in the legislation.
    I think you may be getting confused when indicating that the bonus used to be $1000. I was on carer payment and carer allowance, long before Howard brought these bonuses in. I think you may be referring to the "one-off" $1,000 bonus he gave to all pensioner couples at the same time as the carer bonuses.
    I can recall in that particular year my husband and I received both types of bonus.

    You are correct in indicating that as you care for two people you are allowance the carer "allowance" of $600 twice. I have a friend whose husband also has MS and he has become too difficult for her to care for alone and her son helps. However, they do not get $600 each as they all live in the same house and the carer "allowance" is considered to be a "shared-joint" caring job. To me this seems unfair. She gets her carer payment and she and her son get $300 each.
    MITZY
    16th Jul 2014
    8:49am
    tisme: the last sentence should read she and her son get $300 each of the carer allowance, although her son does not accept the $300 and gives it to his mother.
    MITZY
    16th Jul 2014
    9:27am
    tisme: Re your comment below under Redhead: Whatever a carer is paid it is not enough for the effort they have to put in to take loving care of their families. We do this unconditionally and never complain. My family thought I had patience beyond belief when I was looking after my husband.

    The current rate per fortnight for the carer allowance is $118.20 x 26 = $3,073.20, if you add to this the 2 x $600 for the carer payment/carer allowance bonuses and your extra $600 for being a carer to a 2nd person this equals $1,800.00 plus the $3,073.20 your total allowance per annum is $4,873.20.
    This amount is all you would receive if you went to work daily and came home and performed your caring duties. $4,873.20 divide 26 fortnights = $187.43 per fortnight = $1.92 per day.
    However, you then have to add the Carer Payment if you are a single recipient and able to claim the full Carer Payment amount which is currently $842.80 per fortnight (the same as the age pension) or half of the full married couples payment which is currently $635.30.
    Carer Payment plus Carer Allowance if you are a stay at home carer works out at approx. $10.52 per day. Its a pittance. The other alternative is unthinkable, putting one's loved ones into nursing homes and the cost to your loved ones is practically the whole of the $842.80 pension they would have to forego.

    With my husband, with MS, he was able to receive a NSW discount on the electricity and when the carbon tax came in he received a second Federal discount (same amount as State) for electricity. We were about to claim a further electricity subsidy for the power wheelchair and the lifting device to get him out of bed and onto his wheelchair etc. when he passed away.
    If you are a carer and not entitled to the age pension (not old enough for it) then the carer payment is a godsend regardless of how much it is. Every little bit of aid helps. I wish you well.
    Redhead
    15th Jul 2014
    1:52pm
    I think James is remembering from when Mr. Rudd was in power and the GFC came he was dishing out bonuses willy nilly to all and sundry....
    MICK
    15th Jul 2014
    3:28pm
    The handouts from Labor were bad for the country as many Australians have the idea in their head that they are "entitled" and that the nation owes them a living. But lets rremember that the other side of politics won the election with the parental leave bribe. So what is it about Australians that we want something for nothing all the time now? It should be obvious that the nation will fail if this goes on. And who will people blame then?
    MITZY
    15th Jul 2014
    4:36pm
    mick: In 1991 when I went on carer payment for my husband with MS, there were no bonuses. The carer payment was the same as the age pension. As his illness progressed Centrelink said I should fill in the forms for the carer "allowance" a payment paid in conjunction with the carer payment. This was in 2001 and at the time the carer "allowance" was $84.00 per fortnight. It has increased by $34 to $118 per fortnight from March this year.
    The Howard Government during the middle of its reign brought in a bonus for carers which Howard indicated was a one-off affair whilst the government was in surplus and could afford to pay the carers a supplement for the good work they did. This bonus was $600 for recipients of the carer payment and $600 for recipients of the carer allowance. At the same time Howard gave hand-outs to all pensioners of like amounts.
    To give the carers certainty the Rudd government legislated the carer payment/allowance bonuses and it is enshrined in the legislation. The carer payment is just the same amount as the aged pension, but if you happened to have some money behind you the carer "payment" is treated in the same manner as an aged pension with income/asset tests to comply to and therefore you didn't receive the full pension. The "allowance" is non-means tested.
    At the current rate of $118 per fortnight for the carer allowance i.e. $3,068 p.a. without those two $600 bonuses paid around 1st July each year (which my husband and I agreed I should spend on myself), i.e. I used it for dental health check-ups and treatment annually, I consider myself to have been grossly underpaid as a care provider. My husband passed away two years ago last week, so now I am the recipient of the full single aged pension.
    I don't regret one little bit what I had to do and would do it again.
    However I worked in private enterprise all my life (small businesses) and never accumulated superannuation until it became compulsory (Keating era), left work to become a carer at age 55, now age 73, I have my own home for which I am very thankful for, but after several huge unexpected bills this year I have little cash behind me now. I will be trying to do what PIXAPD seems quite capable of, saving out of his/her pension!!

    I guess if the pensioners got their bonuses i.e. "hand-outs" and the family tax benefits also started during this era as well, it was more of the same when the Rudd government was elected, and then of course more hand-outs to keep the economy ticking along during the GFC. Now of course the Labor government's parental leave scheme is not good enough and we have to go to the rolled-gold Abbott PPL. We spend just as much taxpayer money in dismantling what the previous governments have put in place than we do on "new" policies. It's only two months to go and on 18th September the Abbott government will have been ruling the roost for twelve months, and considering we have such a "crisis" budget-wise(?) ha ha, little is progressing. At the moment, I don't know what to think about the "age of entitlement" being over, but I know one thing, if the Howard and then the Rudd/Gillard governments couldn't afford to give out all these hand-outs, then why did they? Is it our fault, that we accepted them. Did anybody return the bonuses they received? I doubt it. With the art of electioneering in full swing, twelve months out from an election each and every three years, governments have little time to implement meaningful policies, its just government on the run.
    tisme
    15th Jul 2014
    5:42pm
    carers are paid aproximately $1.50 per hour
    MICK
    15th Jul 2014
    3:24pm
    I didn't even get the $500 after the GFC. But I am happy if the nation does not become a welfare state as this is how Greece hit the wall.
    MITZY
    15th Jul 2014
    4:43pm
    mick: You get What you Put In: (this is something I have typed alongside my computer and look at it regularly) I don't recall where I copied it from.

    YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT IN:
    In 12 years people wont remember what clothes you wore, which car you drove, and maybe not even your full name.
    But, in 12 years, they will remember how you made them feel and the positive memories you gave them. The true impact you make on people will depend on the time and attention you give to teaching those who know less, caring for those who have less, supporting those who are striving, and tolerating those who are different to you.
    Young Simmo
    16th Jul 2014
    11:03am
    Yep, we got ours this morning, the only difference is we didn't get $600 as quoted, but received $718.
    Now the big problem, do I go to the Casino, or spend it on Beer and Wine, or do I spend it on the Mrs and get some Browney Points up on the Fridge?
    Redhead
    16th Jul 2014
    11:45am
    Young Simmo you have got the fortnightly amount included to make $718.....lol.
    Young Simmo
    16th Jul 2014
    12:08pm
    Spot on Redy, but I still have a difficult decision to make with how to use it.
    Young Simmo
    16th Jul 2014
    12:37pm
    Also Redy, it's our 54th anniversary today. How many people get an anniversary present from the Gov't on their anniversary?
    Redhead
    16th Jul 2014
    1:11pm
    Yes it would be a dilemma to decide how to spend it, have blast for your 54th I might save mine for my 55th coming up December...lol...
    tisme
    16th Jul 2014
    3:07pm
    to mitzy , often even when caring for relatives love etc is not enough its because we care for family that we are expected to do everything with nothing. the carers who care for strangers wouldnt put up with wat we do , nor would they be allowed to . what they do is 'work' what we do is ???
    MITZY
    16th Jul 2014
    4:14pm
    Well put tisme. We are "special" people.
    buby
    17th Jul 2014
    8:03pm
    i have never received this type of bonus???? whose telling porkies!
    particolor
    19th Sep 2016
    5:59pm
    All of them !! :-) :-)
    Redhead
    18th Jul 2014
    2:14pm
    No Buby it is not a "porkie" we who receive the $600.00 are designated carers either for a spouse or close relative, it is to help with the extra chores we have to do for our loved ones. We would do it for love but the Government chooses to reward us with a small allowance (which helps with parking at hospitals)and the many medicines we have to buy and sort which is very much appreciated.
    buby
    18th Jul 2014
    5:57pm
    ah thanks for the headsup Red, well i'm not a carer, so i know not about this.
    but i am on my own, and i'm wondering if i got a relative from overseas to come care for me, how would they get paid for doing so. I don't want to go to any nursing home :(
    buby
    2nd Oct 2014
    1:57pm
    THANKS Redhead
    Radish
    2nd Oct 2014
    12:25pm
    Maybe you are talking about the Seniors Supplement. You have to be the holder of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card to be eligible.
    Taken from www.human servies.gov.au

    "Eligibility
    You qualify for Seniors Supplement if you:

    hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
    have given us details of a bank account into which we can make the payments
    are in Australia or temporarily absent for less than 6 weeks
    Payment rates
    The Seniors Supplement is updated on 20 March and 20 September each year.

    Family situation Payment rate per year
    Single $886.60
    Couple $668.20 each or $1,336.40 combined
    Couple separated due to ill health, or in respite care or with a partner in prison $886.60 each
    The supplement is paid each quarter, shortly after 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December.
    bookwyrm
    8th Oct 2014
    11:45pm
    They don‘t answer the Centrelink DSP line anymore. It‘s changed since Abbott got in. You used to be answered fairly rapidly. Now if I want to contact Centrelink I have to go into an office.
    tisme
    8th Oct 2014
    11:53pm
    i went into a centrelink office and was asked why i didnt do my stuff online or by phone
    JUDY14
    9th Mar 2015
    2:01pm
    HI, Does anyone know how the berevement payment works. My brother (66)was in a nursing home(had MN) when he passed away 7 weeks ago.His wife (61) has been put on Newstart when he went into nursing home (6 months ago). She was is full time carer before that(carer pension). Can she get a widow"s pension or not. She will not go to Centrelink as she said all she gets is the runaround. I trying to find some information to help her.
    BB1
    23rd Mar 2015
    12:50am
    Hi Judy.
    If you email Hank Jongen who is a big wig at Centrelink he will reply or get one of his staff to reply to your request. I have written a few times to him and always got a reply. hank@humanservices.gov.au or hank@centrelink.gov.au
    one often hears him on the radio here in Sydney andwering questions from listeners and he always gives out his email address. I'm sure someone will reply within a couple of days to you.
    Young Simmo
    23rd Mar 2015
    12:59am
    Thanks for that BB1, I will put it into my folder for that rainy day, Cheers Simmo.
    Nan Norma
    21st Sep 2016
    5:40pm
    Widows pension ceased a long time ago.
    Gypsyfeet
    19th Aug 2015
    11:23pm
    I thought Aged Pensioners were to get a $30 one off rise to catch up with cost of living. I'm darned if I can see such a rise when I go into 'My Gov.com to look at my list of payments going back 6 months or more! Did we or were we suppose to get a rise?
    eggles01
    7th Sep 2015
    3:45pm
    under the Howard liberal/national parties government DSP and Aged pensioners received a once off per year a $500 bonus it was paid in July when Rudd the labor party dud got in he paid it the first year then with no mention he dropped it after that,once he had removed it he then gave us the big(gift????) of raising our telephone,prescription etc allowances up to $525 per year paid in fortnightly payments with the pension and not to forget our $30 p/w pension increase ,if the labor party were as they tried to convince us concerned with the pensioners welfare they could as easily made the increase a supplement not as an pension base payment because we lost 25% of the increase to raised rent and under a supplement it would not be called as taxable income so we would have received the $60 p/f with no deductions instead we eventually had 25% paid to the state and territory governments,rudd and his cronies attempted to try to fool us by telling us they were being charitable by giving us the $525 p/y but they also did not mention that they were removing the Howard governments yearly $500 bonus,
    Lippy
    22nd Mar 2016
    2:50pm
    I believe Howard was buying votes. Never gave bonuses before he got in and vanished after he failed to get re-elected. Rudd gave handouts to help stimulate the economy during GFC. When Abbott got in, he NEVER said how Labour got us through those tuff times, LNP just kept preaching the deficit Labour left. Now, we are all getting ready to be sweetened by the desperate party.
    Jannie
    29th Sep 2015
    12:10pm
    We all might as well give up, the politicians look after themselves and when they retire they continue to get a huge wage plus enormous super entitlements, it is so unfair it is time they were given what we get on the pension they would soon be on the streets sleeping on park benches, one cannot survive on $400 per week. What can we do to stop these huge payouts the pollies get??????
    buby
    30th Sep 2015
    8:41am
    yES JANNIE i wonder how they would go living on what we on the dsp have to live on, and in bad housing as well. I see the Shares have plummeted as well on the stock markets.........shakes head and they have lost millions. they have not INvested in us, they are not looking after us oldies. Thats where they should be investing. NOw i hope they can cope with a good loss. WILL they ever Learn!!!!
    tisme
    29th Sep 2015
    12:29pm
    trouble is janine not enough people know about the plight of carers and not enough people care. a rolling nation wide strike of all those called workers in support of carers rights would be a good start
    Jannie
    29th Sep 2015
    12:35pm
    You are right tisme but how do we organise this to eventuate??
    It seems we are giving to help refugees but are not considering the plights of the needy in our own back yard. What is happening out there??? Pollies are not in tune of what is needed to care for our own, this includes carers, pensioners, unemployed, the sick and needy, homeless people and of course the hospital crisis. We need the pollies to get away from their safety net and go out into the community where help is needed.
    buby
    30th Sep 2015
    8:43am
    INdeed you are Very Right about this Jannie, I have been saying this for some time.
    Sorry I don't want hardship for the refugees either. But look after what you have your own backyard before you stray elsewhere!!!
    Help those AT home first.
    Barbara Mathieson
    23rd Nov 2015
    11:16am
    Not for all seniors. Carer recipients only!
    TCTraveller
    9th Jan 2016
    7:44am
    Mitzy
    Thank you for such an informative comment and the length of your post. I appreciate it and wish you well for your future on your own. Until you walk in a carera shoes,no one knows the emotional and physical everyday struggle it is.
    eggles01
    19th Sep 2016
    3:36pm
    John Howard government placed a one off annual payment of $100 rising to $500 each July,pensioners of any type received this payment as long as you were pension age of 65 and above,this changed under the Rudd the Dudd , the first year the labor party was in power they paid that one off $500, they did of course tyr to make out it was their program did that,the second year they removed the payment and claimed that they were giving us another payment of approximately $$525 per year paid in fortnightly payments,but did they actually increase the smaller payments,I do not think so, under Howard we received ,internet allowance,phone allowance,pharmaceutical allowance,and the once off $500,by removing the once off payment that took out a bit over $19 per f/t and the pensioners also lost out on the smaller payments for utilities etc,the only item I could say the labor party gave us was the $30 p/w base pension increase which is more than this Liberal coalition party apparently has any intends to do,
    cat
    19th Sep 2016
    3:43pm
    I cared for my husband for many years the last 5 1/2 for emphysemia and I would have done it anyway
    Nan Norma
    21st Sep 2016
    5:49pm
    Of course you did. That's what you do for your husband or wife.
    eggles01
    11th Jan 2017
    10:20pm
    what is wrong with this lot,are they so broke or just sh%t stirrers they are including feeding stories that are over 2 1/2 years old as if it happend today or this week,my first impression of them is that they must be some sort of greenies,labor supporters or just a pack of winging fascists which ever the one there is not much difference between the choices


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