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Centrelink – Services Australia

Changes to Newstart rates and thresholds

From 20 March 2018, Newstart Allowance rates and thresholds will also be indexed. Find out if your payment will be affected.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Changes to Newstart rates and thresholds

From 20 September 2017, Newstart Allowance rates and thresholds will also be indexed. Find out if your payment will be affected.

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.

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Is it worth Gerry’s while working on the Age Pension?

Gerry has the opportunity to earn some extra income but wonders how his Age Pension and his wife’s Newstart Allowance will be affected and whether or not it’s really worth it.

Centrelink – Services Australia

No penalties for those who fail to look for work

Despite tough talk about cracking down on welfare cheats, data has revealed that not one person who failed to meet the ‘required activity’ standard in the last year was financially penalised.

News

Age Pension: can I be assessed as a single?

Peter’s wife’s Newstart Allowance has been stopped as she’s overseas so he would like to know if this means he should now be paid a single Age Pension.

News

Benefit cut will directly hit economy

The Prime Minister is being urged to drop planned benefit cuts that could see those most in need receiving up to $7.05 per week less than their current pension counterparts.

News

Welfare payments: Dole bludger loophole to close

Newstart Allowance recipients have been exploiting a loophole in the system that allows them to reject jobs without losing welfare payments.

News

Are you a dole bludger?

Well, if you’re over 55 and claiming Newstart Allowance then the chances are that you are perceived to be taking advantage of welfare payments, but do you agree?

Income and asset tests

Is Newstart classed as income?

Alexandra’s husband has submitted a claim for the Age Pension and she would like to know if her subsequent claim for the Newstart Allowance will affect his eligibility.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Increased Newstart income limits

Increased thresholds applied to the Newstart Allowance from 20 March may mean you now qualify.

Community

Discrimination against older workers

Retirement doesn’t always pan out as one may hope and when money gets tight, going back to work may seem like a solution but, for many older Australians, this proves to be difficult.

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