Your home, your asset

Debbie helps Toby understand the pension ramifications of downsizing his family home.


Prepaid mobile plan on a budget

YOURLifeChoices member Jacqui’s plan is ceasing in the next two weeks and she needs help finding a pensioner friendly prepaid mobile plan.

Age Pension

How much part Age Pension will we get?

YOURLifeChoices member Rosemarie is pleased to find out she may receive a part Age Pension, but she may need to reduce her assets. How much part Age Pension will she receive?

Tours & Trips

Centrelink on the road

You may not think it's important to advise Centrelink when you're going on holiday, but if you’re running away from home for a length of time, make sure you understand any implications your trip will have on your pension entitlements. YOURLifeChoices has outlined what you need to keep in mind.

Age pensioners are well-off

One in ten Australians living on the dole cannot afford a substantial meal each day, one in eight cannot afford prescription medicines and one in 20 cannot afford to heat their homes. This research has come from a review of the pensions, commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in 2008. Although these figures were listed as a reference in the final report, the research itself was never published.

Ageing population no burden

Speaking after a seniors forum held on Tuesday at Hamilton in Victoria, the Shadow Minister for Seniors Senator Bronwyn Bishop said she was determined to remove the publics perception that the ageing population is to blame for the nation’s rising health bill as they contributed to only 20% of the increase.

Retirement Planning

Working longer but what are your entitlements?

Debbie McTaggart helps you to navigate the pitfalls of working past 65 years of age n

Centrelink – Services Australia

Statement of earnings

YOURLifeChoices Subscriber Barry is keen to find out if he needs a statement of earnings from Centrelink.

Australian pensioners struggling with shortfall

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned governments around the world that they will need to lift their countries pension age due to rising longevity. The news is very concerning to me, but not for the reason you may think.


Can you get stamp duty concessions?

There were some questions raised following our article on the new stamp duty concession rates granted to pensioners in Victoria who buy a new home.

Age Pension

Will I get a pension bonus now?

Paula is contemplating retirement when she turns 64 next year but is unsure if she will get a pension.

Age Pension

Will she lose her pension?

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Catriona would like to know how the proceeds of the sale of her mother’s home will affect her Age Pension.

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