Transfer to Age Pension

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

Reaching age pension age

Age Pension is usually the best payment if you are age pension age.

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

Eligible payments for transfer

If you get one of these income support payments you’re eligible to apply to transfer to the Age Pension once you reach age pension age:

Payments that will stop when you reach age pension age

You aren’t eligible for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance if you are over age pension age.

You should apply to transfer to Age Pension to see if you are eligible for that payment instead.

If you don’t get an eligible payment

If you don’t get an eligible income support payment, you need to complete a full Age Pension claim.

If you get an eligible payment

If you get an eligible income support payment, we’ll invite you to apply to transfer to Age Pension 9 weeks before you reach age pension age. We’ll send your invitation to your online account, if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll send it 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.

Apply to transfer

Check if you are eligible for Age Pension before you start.

You can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before you meet the age and residence requirements for Age Pension.

Online

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

If you already have a myGov account

Sign in to myGov to link to your Centrelink online account and do your Centrelink business.

Sign in to myGov

If you have a Centrelink online account

To do your business online, you need a myGov account and a Centrelink online account.

If you don't have a myGov account, create one today. Once you have created your account, you can link it to your Centrelink online account. Watch the video and read more on how to link your online account to myGov.

Create a myGov account

If you don't have a Centrelink online account

If you’ve been a Centrelink customer before

You’ll have a Customer Reference Number. Use this to register for an online account.

This is anyone who’s had a payment or concession from us before, no matter how long ago.

If you haven’t been a Centrelink customer before

Visit a service centre and tell us you want to register for a Centrelink online account. You’ll need to bring photo ID with you.

This is anyone who’s never had a payment or concession from us before.

Register

You don’t need to complete the online transfer in one session. You can save your responses and continue with your transfer at a later time. We will only ask you questions relevant to your circumstances.

Unable to apply online

If you are unable to apply online, ask us to send you a form to transfer to Age Pension by:

Once you submit your application to transfer, we will assess it and advise you of the outcome.

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Page last updated: 8 June 2017