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The Australian government offers an Age Pension for older citizens who cannot fully fund their retirement through an allocated pension. This pension is paid through Centrelink. Pension payments are described by the government as an “adequate” income in retirement. However, many seniors would not agree as a single Age Pension entitlement, with all supplements, is currently around $19,400 per annum.

Not every Australian will be eligible for an Age Pension.

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There are certain income and asset tests you need to pass and also Age and Residential requirements that need to be met.

This site keeps you up-to-date with pension increases, the disability support pension and changes to Centrelink rulings including whether you can still claim your pension while overseas.

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Spike in demand for help with pensions

Big spike in demand for professional help with Age Pension applications

Spike in demand for help with pensions

But Services Australia says processing goals are met 80 per cent of the time.

How long to process applications?

How long does it take to process Age Pension applications?

How long to process applications?

How long will it take for my Age Pension application to be processed?

Middle Australia’s mean pension test

Middle Australia’s mean pension test

Middle Australia’s mean pension test

Actuaries worry means test will force Australians to spend savings before retirement.

Robo-debt refunds could total $550m

Robodebt refunds could total $550m

Robo-debt refunds could total $550m

ACOSS calls on the government to immediately cancel all robo-debts and refund the money.

Seniors and pensioners tax offset

Seniors and pensioners tax offset

Seniors and pensioners tax offset

As a pensioner, you may be eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO).

Low Income Health Care Card

Low Income Health Care Card

Low Income Health Care Card

You may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card if your income falls below ...

Will you get a pension?

Should I apply for the pension?

Dorothy knows she is not eligible for the Age Pension, but should she apply anyway?

Any benefits?

Should I apply for the pension?

Dorothy knows she is not eligible for the Age Pension, but should she apply anyway?

Any benefits?

Will you get an Age Pension?

Do you meet the criteria to qualify for an Age Pension?

Will you qualify?

Claiming Your Pension Overseas

Overseas property and Age Pension

Gina is planning to move to Australia and wants to know how the Age Pension system works.

Centrelink Q&A

How long can you spend overseas?

Greg is worried he will lose the pension for spending too much time out of Australia.

Overseas worry

Will overseas trips affect pension?

Elaine wants to visit a sick cousin overseas, but will that affect her pension?

Special consideration

Disability Support Pension

How does inheritance affect DSP?

Jewel expects to receive an inheritance and wants to know how her DSP will be affected.

Centrelink Q&A

Calls for urgent pension review

Disability advocates and researchers are calling for urgent reforms to the Disability Support Pension.

Pension review

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People receiving welfare are more likely to have multiple health conditions.

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