The payment rates for Age Pension, Carer Payment and Disability Support Pension are increasing from 20 March 2023. Age Pension, Carer Payment and Disability Support Pension will increase by $37.50 a fortnight for singles and $56.40 a fortnight for couples combined.
The government will provide $3.7 million in 2023–24 to extend the measure to provide age and veteran pensioners a once-off credit of $4,000 to their Work Bonus income bank and temporarily increase the maximum income bank until 31 December 2023.
From 1 December 2022 to 31 December 2023, the Work Bonus balance increases from $7,800 to $11,800 – reverting back to $7,800 from 1 January 2024. Plus, a $4,000 Work Bonus increase was applied to all Work Bonus Income Bank balances on 1 December 2022 (up to a maximum of $11,800).
But after widespread speculation, it has now been confirmed that all JobSeeker recipients will see their payments go up by $40 per fortnight, as well as those on Youth Allowance, Austudy and other income support payments.
From 1 July 2023, Age Pension age will be 67 years, if you were born on or after 1 January 1957.
Latest Age Pension rates (from 20 September 2022)
From 20 September 2022 the maximum full Age Pension increases $38.90 per fortnight for a single person, and $58.80 a fortnight for a couple.
This measure will increase the base rate of working age and student payments, including JobSeeker Payment*, Youth Allowance, Parenting Payment (Partnered), Austudy, ABSTUDY, Disability Support Pension (under 21 without a dependent child), Special Benefit and Farm Household Allowance by $40 per fortnight, in recognition ...
The Work Bonus income bank is useful for pensioners who wish to work, particularly those who undertake intermittent or occasional work. Note: from 1 December 2022 to 31 December 2023, a one-off, temporary credit of $4,000 applies to Work Bonus income bank balances.
Aussies who compare energy providers will receive a one-off $250 payment, as part of a new NSW election promise. NSW households will receive a $250 cost-of-living payment for comparing energy providers, if the Coalition is re-elected in March.
If you're a pensioner currently receiving support through Centrelink, you may be eligible for extra help with bills and medicine costs through the Pension Supplement. This supplement is a combined payment of Pharmaceutical Allowance, Utilities Allowance, GST Supplement and Telephone Allowance.
Those on JobSeeker will receive an increase in their payments of $40 a fortnight from 20 September this year, while those over 55 on JobSeeker will receive an increase of $92.10 a fortnight, which is currently reserved for those over 60.
A one-off $250 Cost of Living Payment will be paid to eligible recipients from the end of April 2022.
The indexing rate (COLA) for current pension recipients for January 2023 is 6.5%, based on the average CPI from November 2021 to October 2022.
The Government announced on 1 February 2022 that an aged care workforce bonus of up to $800 will be paid to eligible aged care staff in Government subsidised home care and residential care.
This payment is for those who start studying at any point in the year immediately after completing year 12 or equivalent. If you're eligible, you can only claim the Tertiary Access Payment from January 1 to December 31 in your first year of tertiary study.
A Pension Bonus can be accrued for a maximum of 5 years and cannot be accrued after the age of 75. However, work by a person after age 75 can accrue towards the bonus of a younger partner who has not accrued the maximum of 5 years. The Pension Bonus is paid when a person first claims and receives the Age Pension.
The future of payments will involve a greater emphasis on digital and mobile payments, as well as the continued development of peer to peer technologies. Also, Contactless payments, using technologies like NFC, will become more prevalent.
You can get the Work Bonus if both of these apply to you. You: are Age Pension age and over. get Age Pension, Carer Payment or Disability Support Pension.
When you turn 60. If you're 60 or older, you can meet your mutual obligation requirements through any of these: 30 hours per fortnight of approved voluntary work. 30 hours per fortnight of suitable paid work where the income is equal to or more than the minimum wage.
Can I Get the Pension if I Have Super? Having superannuation savings does not deny you from receiving Age Pension payments. Eligibility for the Age Pension is based on an Assets Test and an Income Test.
The asset value limit is the amount of assets a person can own before their pension or payment will reduce from the maximum rate under the assets test. Example: Currently the asset value limit for a single service pension homeowner is $280,000 and for a single service pension non-homeowner is $504,500.