Transfer to Age Pension

If you are age pension age and receiving an eligible income support payment, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension.

Age Pension is usually the most appropriate payment for people who are age pension age.

If you are receiving an eligible income support payment, you will be sent an invitation to apply to transfer to Age Pension 9 weeks before you reach age pension age. Your invitation will be sent to your online account, if you have one. If you do not have an online account, your invitation will be sent to you in the mail.

Transferring is simpler and easier than completing a full Age Pension claim form. You can apply online to Transfer to Age Pension.

If you are not receiving an eligible income support payment, you need to complete a full Age Pension claim. You can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before you meet the age and residence requirements for Age Pension.

When you reach age pension age, any superannuation you have may affect the rate of payments you receive.

Begin your transfer

Online

If you are age pension age and receive an eligible income support payment, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension online anytime. Check if you are eligible for Age Pension before you start.

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If you already have a Centrelink online account

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If you do not have a Centrelink online account

Register

The online transfer does not need to be completed in one session. You can save your responses and continue with your transfer at a later time. You are only asked questions relevant to your circumstances.

Unable to apply online

If you are unable to apply online, call us and ask for an application to be sent to you or visit your nearest service centre.

Eligible payments for transfer

The following income support payments are eligible to be transferred to the Age Pension once you reach age pension page:

Payments that will stop when you reach age pension age

Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance cannot be paid to people who are over age pension age. You should apply to transfer to Age Pension to see if you are eligible.

Page last updated: 15 November 2016