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Age Pension

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The Age Pension provides income support for older Australians who need it and acts as a safety net for most retirees.

How does the Age Pension work?

You must satisfy certain age and residency requirements to qualify for the Age Pension. Your income and assets will also be assessed. You may be eligible for the full pension, a part-pension or no pension. Age Pension payments are made fortnightly to a nominated bank account.

What are the age requirements?

The age at which you may be eligible for the Age Pension depends on your date of birth, as summarised in the table below.

Date of birth

Qualifying age

Before 1 July 1952

65

1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953

65.5

1 Jan 1954 to 30 June 1955

66

1 July 1955 to 31 Dec 1956

66.5

1 Jan 1957 or later

67

What are the residency requirements?

You must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you apply for the Age Pension. You also need to meet certain other residency requirements – see the Centrelink website.

What are the income and
assets tests?

Eligibility for the Age Pension is determined using both an income and assets test. The test that results in the lower Age Pension payment will apply.

The income test assesses your total income from all sources. Financial assets are assessed using the ‘deeming’ rules, where an assumed rate of return is used not the actual earning rate.

The assets test assesses the value of your total assets. Some assets are exempt from the assets test. A notable example is your ‘principal place of residence’.

Superannuation is generally assessed under both the income and assets test.

To find out more about the Age Pension, visit the Centrelink website.

 

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