Federal Budget

Concerns thousands of retirees may miss out on these government handouts

Tens of thousands of unwitting Australians run the risk of missing out on a $500 government payment announced in the Federal Budget earlier this month.


Coalition MPs want to cut coronavirus supplements, but boost base rates

At least 10 Coalition MPs want to cut the JobSeeker supplement next year, but most would like to see some sort of increase to the welfare payment.

Mental Health

Lifeline reports record number of calls

Chairman tells what we can all do and how to respond if we suspect someone is struggling.

Centrelink News

Charities call for permanent increase to JobSeeker post-COVID

Welfare bodies are campaigning for a permanent increase to JobSeeker and other welfare payments, saying the pre-coronavirus rate was below the poverty line and didn’t cover basic needs.

Age Pension payment rates

Time to address pensioners’ rental stress

Increased welfare payments during the pandemic fail to address the rental stress being experienced by age pensioners.


Welfare checks to ensure the wellbeing of senior Australians

Welfare checks will be conducted on senior Australians who have elected to defer aged care home services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


'Whatever it takes' should now include a universal basic income

The deficiencies of current welfare nets have been demonstrated in Australia over the past week. World leaders saying they will do whatever it takes to minimise the impact of COVID-19 should include a universal basic income as part of the solution.

Age Pension

Exclusive: We talk with Centrelink’s Hank Jongen about COVID-19 support

The face of Services Australia Hank Jongen joins YourLifeChoices for an exclusive COVID-19 podcast, taking time out to reassure members that Centrelink is doing everything it can to support you in these ‘unprecedented’ times.


View from The Hill: MPs aim for lightning sitting on stimulus as third parliamentarian contracts virus

A pared-down parliament will aim to pass the government’s stimulus package in a single day’s sitting on Monday.

Age Pension

Another income boost for age pensioners

Deeming rates have been cut for the second time in less than 12 months as the federal government moves to further stimulate the economy.

Centrelink News

Government passes new Centrelink laws that will affect 550,000 Australians

As of July, welfare recipients will need to report their income as it appears on their payslip, rather than having to estimate a figure based on hours worked over a fortnight, after legislation passed the Senate on Thursday.

Centrelink News

Big Centrelink changes will affect millions of Australians

As Centrelink expands its reach online, more offices around the country are closing their doors, in a worrying new trend that will affect millions of Australians.

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