The Seniors Supplement is provided to eligible Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders. It is a non-taxable payment that is paid each quarter.
Eligibility for Seniors Supplement
You qualify for Seniors Supplement if you:
- hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- have given us details of a bank account into which we can make the payments
- are in Australia or temporarily absent for less than 13 weeks
Payment rates for Seniors Supplement
The Seniors Supplement is updated on 20 March and 20 September each year.
|Family situation||Payment rate per year|
|Couple||$642.20 each or $1284.40 combined|
|Couple separated due to ill health, or in respite care or with a partner in prison||$852.80 each|
The supplement is paid each quarter, shortly after 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December.
It is not taxable; nor is it income or assets tested. It is only payable while you are entitled to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
Calculating the payment rate
The Seniors Supplement is a daily-based payment. To determine the rate, the annual amount is divided by 364. This amount is then multiplied by the number of days in each quarter, which may vary slightly:
- Quarter 1—20 June to 19 September = 92 days
- Quarter 2—20 September to 19 December = 91 days
- Quarter 3—20 December to 19 March = 90 days (leap year 91 days)
- Quarter 4—20 March to 19 June = 92 days
If your Seniors Supplement entitlement begins or ends within a quarter, you will only be paid for the days on which you were entitled to it.
The Seniors Supplement is adjusted in March and September each year, in line with upward movements in the Consumer Price Index—that is, in line with increases in the costs of living.
Claiming Seniors Supplement
Your eligibility for Seniors Supplement is automatically assessed when you claim a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. You do not need to make a separate claim for the supplement.
You must provide details of a bank account into which we can pay your supplement.
If you get Seniors Supplement, you will also get the Clean Energy Advance.
If you do not want to get the supplement, you should tell us as soon as possible. You can:
- call us on 132 300
- visit your nearest DHS Service Centre
If you disagree with a decision we make
You always have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.
Change of circumstances while receiving Seniors Supplement
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while you are receiving Seniors Supplement. For example, you need to tell us if:
- you are going overseas
- you move house
- your or your partner’s adjusted taxable income reaches or exceeds the income limits for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- your relationship status changes (i.e. you become partnered or single)
If you do not tell us about changes, you may be overpaid, and you will probably have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud.
Payments paid while outside Australia
There are rules about getting your payment when you leave Australia.