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Age pension

How much pension will I get?

Step 1. Check the pension eligibility requirements below to see if you can get it.
Step 2. Check the Age Pension rates below to see the maximum you could receive.
Step 3. Ask yourself: “Will this be enough for me to live on?”
Step 4. Consider combining the pension with your super to maximise your income in retirement. 

Age pension rates

Each year, the Commonwealth Government reviews the fortnightly pension rates.
The current maximum fortnightly payment rates for 2016/17 are as follows: 

 Single personCouple living togetherCouple separated due to ill health
Maximum basic rate $794.80 $599.10 each $794.80 each
Maximum pension supplement $65.00 $49.00 each $65.00 each
Clean energy supplement $14.10 $10.60 each $14.10 each
Total per fortnight $873.90 $658.70 each $873.90 each

IMPORTANT: For most people, the Age Pension alone is not enough to fund their retirement goals. This is why a healthy superannuation balance is so critical.

How it works

The Age Pension is a Government allowance paid to eligible Australians who have reached retirement age. It is managed by Centrelink, a division of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Human Services, and is commonly referred to as the old age pension.

The Age Pension is income and assets tested, which means the amount you are entitled to receive will depend on any other income you receive (from super, investments and paid work) and on the assets you own.

Do I qualify?

To receive the Age Pension, you must first satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Residency

You must generally:

  • Be an Australian resident and be in Australia on the day you apply for an Age Pension
    and
  • Have lived in Australia for over 10 years

There are some special exceptions for refugees, widows and former residents of countries that Australia has special social security agreements with.

Age

The qualifying age for the Pension is currently 65 and it will increase in stages to 67. This may continue to increase to around 70 years of age.

The current qualifying ages are:

If you were born betweenyou qualify for Age Pension at age
1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953 65 years and 6 months
1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955 66 years
1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956 66 years and 6 months
From 1 January 1957 67 years
Assets and income tests

All Government pensions are income and assets tested which means they test -

a) How much you earn from other income streams – the income test
and
b) How much your assets are worth – the assets test

The test that results in the lower pension rate will be the one applied.

Income test

Income includes money from:

  • Employment
  • Superannuation pensions and/or annuities
  • Investments

It also includes money from outside Australia.

For every $ of income you earn above $164 per fortnight ($292 for a couple), your Pension payment will be reduced by 50 cents.

Assets test

Centrelink will make a valuation of your Australian and foreign assets to work out how much of the Age Pension you can receive. The information is here. As with the income test, if your assets exceed a certain threshold, the amount of Pension you’re eligible for will decrease – potentially to zero.

And if I qualify?

If you pass the residency and age criteria, then Centrelink will work out how much Age Pension you are eligible to receive, depending on your income and assets and other circumstances.

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