Finance News

Older Aussies to be hit hardest by cheque phase-out

A form of payment familiar to most older Australians will soon become a thing of the past, says Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe.

Carer Payments

Winners and losers from Centrelink’s July changes

Three Centrelink payments will be reset or dumped on 1 July 2018. Among those affected are widows, carers and those claiming new payments.


Centrelink gives dodgy businesses access to recipients’ accounts

It has been revealed that Centrelink gave appliance retailers accused of exploitation access to the Centrepay system to withdraw payments from Centrelink recipients.

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

Centrelink reporting and payment dates for the 2017 Christmas and New Year period

With the holidays approaching, your Department of Human Services and Centrelink reporting and payment dates may change over the Christmas and New Year period. Here are the dates you should note.


Never pay a bill again … let your online banking do it

Are you one of those forgetful types when it comes to paying regular bills, like me? Thankfully, automated payments came to my rescue years ago.


Should you use PayPal to make online purchases?

PayPal is the most trusted online payment system in the world, giving shoppers and businesses access to easy-to-use instant payment tools. So, what are the pros and cons of using PayPal?


Pensioners left hanging by unanswered Centrelink calls

Having problems getting through to Centrelink on the phone? You’re not alone, with almost 29 million calls receiving a busy tone in the last financial year. n n


GST increase good for pensioners

New research suggests that pensioners and low income earners would be the big winners should the Turnbull Government broaden the GST base or increase the GST rate.

Age Pension

By how much will my pension be reduced?

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Peter is currently receiving a full Age Pension but has been offered the chance to earn a regular, part-time income. He would like to know how this will affect the amount of Age Pension he receives.

Centrelink News

Will I get a pension overseas?

Debbie McTaggart explains whether you are entitled to a pension when travelling or living overseas.


Medicare payments go electronic

Department of Human Services is changing the way Medicare rebates are paid to make the process quicker and more efficient. Medicare Service Centres have begun going cashless and will now pay rebates straight into bank accounts.

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