Commonwealth Seniors Health Card - annual indexation of income thresholds

From September 2014, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) income threshold rates will be indexed annually by movements in the Consumer Price Index.

This measure started on 20 September 2014.

Description of the measure

From September 2014, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) income threshold rates will be indexed annually by movements in the Consumer Price Index.

Currently, to qualify for a CSHC a person must have adjusted taxable income below the relevant annual income thresholds. These are $50,000 for singles, $80,000 for couples, combined, or $100,000 for a couple separated by respite care, illness, or when one member of the couple is in prison. These thresholds will increase with indexation.

The additional dependent child amount will not be indexed.

The higher income threshold rates will allow more people to qualify for a CSHC.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Australian residents who are over age pension age and who are not receiving a Social Security pension or benefit.

Am I eligible for this measure?

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card a person must meet the following criteria:

  • not be receiving a  Social Security pension or  Social Security benefit
  • not receiving a Department of  Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Service pension, DVA  Age Pension or an  Income Support Supplement or hold a DVA CSHC
  • be an Australian resident, residing in  Australia at the time of claim or re-claim
  • be  age pension age
  • have an annual income less than the CSHC income threshold limit

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start from September 2014 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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