Will you get a pension?

Claiming a UK pension

If you have paid National Insurance contributions in the UK then you may be entitled to a UK state pension. How do you make the claim from Australia?

Age Pension

Is the Age Pension adequate?

Ask this question of any one trying to survive on an Age Pension and the answer will undoubtedly be a resounding ‘no’. Whilst the current government was behind the Age Pension reforms of 2009, have they decided that this was enough and can now rest on its laurels? n


Battle of the bulge

In early 2008 Australia gained the title of ‘fattest country in the world’… not the land… but the inhabitants. Read Drew’s report and recommendations for a healthier waistline.

Age Pension

How to start retirement

I will reach Age Pension age early next year but don’t know how to start the process of retirement. I have never had any dealings with Centrelink and don’t know whether I need to contact them, if they will contact me or if I will even be eligible to receive the Age Pension. Can you point me in the right direction?

Computer Tutorials

How to Convert Measurements Online

It can be frustrating if, when you are shopping online and you find that you cannot calculate the exchange rate and end up spending more than you bargained for.


Hot Cross Buns

Why not try making your own Hot Cross Buns and maybe come up with your own variation? Use our simple hot cross bun recipe as a starting point.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Easier bill payment - Centrepay

Large bills can take the wind out your sails when they arrive unexpectedly in the post. Finding the money to pay such bills when you’re on a budget can be a struggle. Centrelink can help factor your bills into your budget.

Age Pension payment rates

What does cost of living mean?

A recent news item in the Age is very useful in highlighting the difference between the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) living cost indices. Confused? Read on for our plain-English explanation and how this affects those on an Age Pension and self-funded retirees.


Online dating - staying safe

Whether you're entering the dating scene after a relationship break up, or have just been taking some time out, online dating is a good way to meet other like-minded singles. However, once it comes time to meet face-to-face, keep in mind these simple safety steps.

Technology News

Digital switchover assistance

In anticipation of the switchover to digital television, YOURLifeChoices subscriber Terry is ready to install a set top box but wants to know if there is any help with the cost.

Computer Tutorials

Free find a doctor App

Yet more proof that smartphones are becoming an essential part of any travel kit is the release of a new iPhone App which enables you to find your nearest GP, anywhere in Australia. Best of all, it’s free.

Technology News

Update your security question

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Jack wants to know more about the recent increase in hackers targeting security questions and how he can strengthen his security question to prevent theft of information.

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