Commission backs private firms to deliver welfare

The Productivity Commission has rejected calls for private, for-profit companies to be barred from providing government-subsidised welfare services in its Reforms to Human Services Inquiry report.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Centrelink confesses to $2.84 billion overpayment bungle

In its latest bungle, Centrelink last year overpaid welfare recipients $2.84 billion, the new Human Services Minister Michael Keenan has confessed.

Centrelink – Services Australia

The Federal Government to target welfare recipients over drug use

Despite the Senate blocking the plan last year, the Federal Government still plans to introduce drug testing of welfare recipients in Logan.


When will you get your Pensioner Concession Card?

More than 90,000 Pensioner Concession Cards will be reinstated to former part-pensioners from this week.


CSHC income limits – 20 September 2017

From 20 September 2017, the income limits that apply to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) will change, meaning you may now be eligible.

Age Pension

New changes plan to restrict pension access to migrants

The Federal Government hopes to save $119 million over four years by restricting pension access to elderly migrants – a new bill that ethnic and welfare groups say is unfair.


Auditor-General gives myGov website a tick of approval

The official review of the myGov web portal is in and it is largely positive. There were, however, budgeting issues which prevented remedial action.

Centrelink News

Unfairness in reinstatement of Pensioner Concession Cards

While 93,000 pensioners will see their Pensioner Concession Cards reinstated in October, there are some who, due to the timing of when they lost their Age Pension, won't. David is one such pensioner who is so incensed, he decided to contact Human Services Minister Alan Tudge to voice his displeasure and request an explanation.

Disability Support Pension

Payments under Age Pension age

Carol is struggling to continue with work, but as she is not yet of Age Pension age, she would like to know of any payments available to her from Centrelink.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Federal Police drop investigation over welfare recipient’s data

Claims that Human Services Minister Alan Tudge unlawfully shared a welfare recipient’s private details with media won’t be investigated further.

Federal Budget 2017

Gaming the welfare system to face Budget crackdown

Measures in next week’s Federal Budget are expected to curb the number of people on Newstart Allowance who turn up only to their final welfare appointments in order to keep their benefits.


Top lawyer says Minister Tudge may have broken the law

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge could face up to two years in jail for supplying a journalist with a Centrelink client’s personal information, according to a criminal lawyer.

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