Human Services

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Private firms backed for welfare

Private firms backed for welfare

Private firms backed for welfare

A report to the Government has hailed the welfare role that profiteering firms play.

Centrelink overpays $2.84 billion

Centrelink confesses to $2.84 billion overpayment bungle

Centrelink overpays $2.84 billion

Centrelink admits to bungling $2.84 billion of welfare payments last year.

Welfare recipients on govt hitlist

The Federal Government to target welfare recipients over drug use

Welfare recipients on govt hitlist

The Federal Government to push ahead with drug tests of Logan welfare recipients.

Is your concession card in the mail?

Is your concession card in the mail?

Is your concession card in the mail?

More than 90,000 concession cards will be reinstated to former part-pensioners this week.

CSHC income limits – 20 September 2017

CSHC income limits – 20 September 2017

CSHC income limits – 20 September 2017

From 20 September 2017, the income limits that apply to the CSHC will change.

Pension changes target migrants

older migrant pensioner

Pension changes target migrants

A new parliamentary bill could restrict pension access to elderly migrants.

Auditor finds myGov ‘effective’

Auditor-General gives myGov website a tick of approval

Auditor finds myGov ‘effective’

Positive reviews for improvements to myGov site, despite budget blowout.

Concession card discrimination unfair

Unfairness in reinstatement of Pensioner Concession Cards

Concession card discrimination unfair

David speaks out about the unfairness of Pensioner Concession Card reinstatement.

Payments under Age Pension age

Payments under Age Pension age

Payments under Age Pension age

Carol would like to know of any payments available to her from Centrelink.

AFP won’t investigate Tudge leak

AFP won’t investigate Tudge leak

AFP won’t investigate Tudge leak

Claims Minister illegally shared private details won’t be investigated.

Welfare cheats to face crackdown

vintage image of men looking for work

Welfare cheats to face crackdown

Budget measures are expected to crackdown on Newstart rort.

Tudge could face jail: top lawyer

Top lawyer says Minister Tudge may have broken the law

Tudge could face jail: top lawyer

Leaking of Centrelink client’s personal information may be a criminal offence.

Granny flat arrangements

granny flat in australian backyard

Granny flat arrangements

How do the rules surrounding granny flat agreements affect pension payments?

Human Services email scam

Catherine has received a suspicious email is it a Centrelink scam or an Age Pension scam?

Human Services email scam

How can Catherine tell if a Human Services email is a scam?

Personal details wrongly released

Minister Tudge wrongly releases personal Centrelink details

Personal details wrongly released

Legal guidelines used to justify the release of recipient's personal details were incorrect.

Is Minister Tudge fudging?

Is Minister Tudge fudging?

Is Minister Tudge fudging?

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has defended Centrelink’s debt recovery system.

Centrelink disaster far from over

Centrelink disaster far from over

Centrelink disaster far from over

Overworked Centrelink staff are bracing for an onslaught of customer appeals.

Centrelink debacle hits thousands

Couple worried about Centrelink debt recovery process

Centrelink debacle hits thousands

The Government has pushed ahead with a system that is fundamentally flawed.

Limits for selling on eBay

Smartphone with eBay app against computer keyboard

Limits for selling on eBay

When selling items on eBay or similar, does Centrelink monitor this income?

What if I lose my Age Pension?

Pension concept Australian coins in a jar

What if I lose my Age Pension?

Here is clarification of how the asset threshold changes will be applied.

CSHC income limits

CSHC income limits

CSHC income limits

From 20 September 2016, the income limits that apply to the CSHC have been indexed.

Pension increases – 20 September 2016

Increases to Age Pension rates

Pension increases – 20 September 2016

In accordance with indexation, Age Pension rates will increase on 20 September 2016.

Can I claim rental assistance?

Dollar sign in life preserver concept for rent help

Can I claim rental assistance?

Gwenda is horrified at that rate at which the debt of her reverse mortgage is ...

Medicare rebate cheques to end

Medicare rebates: register your bank details to claim

Medicare rebate cheques to end

Claiming your Medicare rebates is about to become more streamlined.

Centrelink assessment of gifts

 Centrelink assessment of gifts

Centrelink assessment of gifts

How will a monetary gift of $10,000 affect the recipient’s Age Pension?

Is Centrelink checking your bank account?

Is Centrelink checking your bank account?

Is Centrelink checking your bank account?

Does Centrelink have the power to check your bank account?

Pension increases – 20 March 2016

Pension savings in a bowl

Pension increases – 20 March 2016

In accordance with indexation Age Pension payment rates will increase.

GST increase good for pensioners

GST increase good for pensioners

GST increase good for pensioners

New research suggests that pensioners will be better off under proposed changes to the GST.

Human Services subsidy scam

Human Services subsidy scam

Human Services subsidy scam

Be on the lookout for the following email landing in your inbox and hit delete.

Will you get an Age Pension?

Will you get an Age Pension?

Will you get an Age Pension?

Do you meet the criteria to qualify for an Age Pension?

Two-year residency rule

Two-year residency rule

Two-year residency rule

The two-year residency rule is causing Dale some confusion.

Income or asset test?

Income or asset test?

Income or asset test?

When is an Age Pension payment assessed under the income or asset test?

Prepaid funerals and the pension

Prepaid funerals and the pension

Prepaid funerals and the pension

There is a cost-effective and legitimate means by which to decrease your assessable assets.

Superannuation and the Age Pension

Superannuation and the Age Pension

Superannuation and the Age Pension

Frank has a few questions on how his super might affect his Age Pension.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Richard is seeking clarification on how his assets and income will be assessed.

Asset thresholds to be lowered

Asset thresholds to be lowered

Asset thresholds to be lowered

Budget changes could see 200,000 part-pensioners lose their entitlements.

750,000 welfare recipients overpaid

750,000 welfare recipients overpaid

750,000 welfare recipients overpaid

An estimated one-in-10 welfare recipients were overpaid.

Means test could save budget

Means test could save budget

Means test could save budget

Means-testing the family home could result in a $6000 increase to pensions.

Centrelink holiday arrangements

Centrelink holiday arrangements

Centrelink holiday arrangements

The Easter holiday period may mean altered reporting and payment dates.

Will I still get an Age Pension?

Will I still get an Age Pension?

Will I still get an Age Pension?

Will Beth receive an Age Pension when she turns 65?

Are offset accounts an asset?

Are offset accounts an asset?

Are offset accounts an asset?

Offset accounts are a useful way of helping to reduce the interest you pay on ...

Why is my Age Pension reducing?

Why is my Age Pension reducing?

Why is my Age Pension reducing?

Mariam can’t understand why her Age Pension reduces when her husband earns money.

What is the Work Bonus?

What is the Work Bonus?

What is the Work Bonus?

Craig Hall explains how the Work Bonus can help your claim for the Age Pension. ...

New rules for DSP paid overseas

New rules for DSP paid overseas

New rules for DSP paid overseas

The rules have changed for those on DSP intending to travel overseas.

Human Services industrial action

Human Services industrial action

Human Services industrial action

Human Services officers will commence industrial action on 11 December.

Deeming rules confusion

Deeming rules confusion

Deeming rules confusion

John believes many of the rules surrounding the changes to deeming rules are detrimental.

Centrelink customer service shake-up

Centrelink customer service shake-up

Centrelink customer service shake-up

The DHS has been forced to rethink its plans for a customer service revamp.

Asset reduction rates

Asset reduction rates

Asset reduction rates

Robert would like to know if the rate at which a pension is reduced has ...

Retiring from the workforce

Retiring from the workforce

Retiring from the workforce

Can you get the Age Pension if you stop working before 65?

Income Stream Reviews go online

Income Stream Reviews go online

Income Stream Reviews go online

From 1 August 2014 you will be able to complete your Income Stream Review online.

Changes to the dole for over 50s

Changes to the dole for over 50s

Changes to the dole for over 50s

Those aged over 50 will have to undertake 15 hours per week of approved activities.

Do I get a $600 bonus?

Do I get a $600 bonus?

Do I get a $600 bonus?

James wants to know if he should be getting a bi-annual bonus from Centrelink.

Annual Carers’ Supplement

Annual Carers’ Supplement

Annual Carers’ Supplement

Will the Carer’s Supplement be paid this year and if so, when?

MyGov accounts

MyGov accounts

MyGov accounts

A MyGov account will be required for those who wish to complete a tax return ...

Changes to pensions overseas

Changes to pensions overseas

Changes to pensions overseas

When you leave Australia your rate of payment may change after 26 weeks.

Loans for pensioners

Loans for pensioners

Loans for pensioners

If you’re on a pension, a personal load may not be accessible, nor the most ...

DSP under fire

DSP under fire

DSP under fire

Changes to indexation could see Disability Support Pension (DSP) rates cut.

Pension Bonus decision appeal

Pension Bonus decision appeal

Pension Bonus decision appeal

Can Mary’s husband appeal the decision on his Pension Bonus claim?

Overseas travel trap

Overseas travel trap

Overseas travel trap

A miscalculation has cost Russ dearly and he doesn’t want others to be caught out.

Will downsizing affect my pension?

Will downsizing affect my pension?

Will downsizing affect my pension?

Elise is unsure how the proceeds of her house sale and gifting may affect her ...

Increased Newstart income limits

Increased Newstart income limits

Increased Newstart income limits

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

Centrelink reporting and payments

Centrelink reporting and payments

Centrelink reporting and payments

Altered reporting and payment dates.

Will my pension be deemed?

Will my pension be deemed?

Will my pension be deemed?

Legislation has been introduced which will result in the deeming of account based income streams.

Will my wife get an Age Pension?

Will my wife get an Age Pension?

Will my wife get an Age Pension?

When claiming an Age Pension, what is your spouse entitled to?

Carer bonus payments

Carer bonus payments

Carer bonus payments

Waren would like to know if he will receive a carer bonus payment this year.

Age Pension reporting requirements

Age Pension reporting requirements

Age Pension reporting requirements

Do you have to report your income to Centrelink once you get an Age Pension?

Can our son pay our rent?

Can our son pay our rent?

Can our son pay our rent?

Maria is considering moving to Queensland. Will it affect her Age Pension if he pays ...

No Interest Loan Scheme

No Interest Loan Scheme

No Interest Loan Scheme

If you meet the criteria, the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) could be a godsend

Maintaining your Age Pension

Maintaining your Age Pension

Maintaining your Age Pension

Will coming into an inheritance cancel out YOURLifeChoices member Madeline's Age Pension?

Missing Centrelink statements

Missing Centrelink statements

Missing Centrelink statements

Charlie has stopped receiving his Centrelink statements in the mail and wants to know why

Centrelink and reverse mortgages

Centrelink and reverse mortgages

Centrelink and reverse mortgages

Linda is considering releasing some of the equity in her home but is unsure how ...

Clarifying pension entitlements

Clarifying pension entitlements

Clarifying pension entitlements

Understanding Centrelink entitlements has become difficult.

$2 million Centrelink fraud

$2 million Centrelink fraud

$2 million Centrelink fraud

A Queensland woman went on a spending spree with $2 million of Centrelink’s money

Age pensioners are well-off

Age pensioners are well-off

Age pensioners are well-off

One in ten Australians living on the dole cannot afford a substantial meal each day

Changes to Centrelink.gov.au

Changes to Centrelink.gov.au

Changes to Centrelink.gov.au

How will changes to the Centrelink website affect your dealings with this government agency?

Rejected Age Pension claim

Rejected Age Pension claim

Rejected Age Pension claim

Centrelink asked Bill to put in a claim for the Age Pension, only for it ...

Medicare payments go electronic

Medicare payments go electronic

Medicare payments go electronic

The way Medicare rebates are paid is changing to make the process more efficient

Are Medicare rebates classed as income?

Are Medicare rebates classed as income?

Are Medicare rebates classed as income?

Medicare rebates will now be paid electronically. How will this money be assessed?

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