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Staying on top of the benefits you are entitled to may help you save thousands of dollars.
Many people may delay applying for the Age Pension, a Pensioner Concession Card or the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).
This may be simply due to taking a while to get organised, or mistakenly not realising the benefits and bonuses you may be eligible for.
Depending on where you live, your potential benefits and concessions as an older Australian may include:
Making sure you receive all benefits you are eligible for can help you get the most out of your retirement savings.
The Age Pension is income support payment for people who have reached Age Pension age.
To be eligible to receive the Age Pension, you must be 66 years of age (for anyone born between 1 January 1954 and 30 June 1955). If you were born before 1 January 1954, you are already eligible to receive your Age Pension.
The Age Pension age has been slowly increasing from 65 to 67 years. On 1 July 2021, it will increase by 6 months to 66 years and 6 months. The Age Pension age will then increase to 67 years on 1 July 2023.1
To be eligible for the Age Pension, you must meet the age requirements and also be:
The Australian Government uses income and assets tests to work out how much Age Pension you get. There are different rates for singles and couples.
There are extra supplements you may qualify for if you are eligible for the Age Pension.2
The Pension Supplement is a regular extra payment to help eligible recipients with utility, phone, internet and medicine costs.
You may also be eligible for extra Rent Assistance payments if you rent privately, or an Energy Supplement to help with energy costs.
As part of the Australian Government’s coronavirus stimulus package, you may further be eligible for an Economic Support Payment, although this is paid to eligible recipients automatically.
The CSHC is a concession card to get cheaper health care and some discounts if you’ve reached Age Pension age.
To get this card, you must:
The card is valid for 12 months. If you remain eligible, you don’t need to do anything, a new card will be sent to you each year in August.
Learn more about the CSHC here.
It may make a difference to you to find out what benefits and bonuses you are entitled to as soon as you are eligible. Otherwise you may lose money you won't get back.
You can check your entitlements here.
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1. Australian Government Services Australia, Centrelink, 4 November 2019, Age Pension: Who can get it, at servicesaustralia.gov.au
2. Australian Government Services Australia, Centrelink, 12 August 2020, Payments for older Australians, at servicesaustralia.gov.au
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