1 January 2017 changes to the assets test for pensioners

From 1 January 2017, the assets test free area and taper rate for pensions will increase. This means you can own more assets before they affect your pension.

The asset test free area is the amount of assets you can have without affecting your pension. We will reduce your pension by $3 each fortnight for every $1,000 of assets you own over the assets test free area. This is the taper rate.

Use our estimator to find out if your pension may change. Most people will receive more or have no change to their pension. A small number of people may have their pensions reduced or cancelled. If this happens, we’ll send you a letter. You don’t need to contact us.

If you lose your pension on 1 January 2017, you will automatically get a non-income tested:

The change to the assets test may affect government subsidised aged care fees. Aged care residents will receive a letter informing them of any change in fees.

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Page last updated: 9 November 2016