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Change to Age Pension eligibility age from 1 July 2017

Remember, from 1 July 2017 the age you need to be to get Age Pension is changing.

This change will affect you if you were born on or after 1 July 1952.

If this rule affects you and you are unemployed, consider claiming Newstart Allowance.

You will meet the activity test requirements for this payment if you are doing at least 30 hours a fortnight of:

  • suitable paid work
  • self employment
  • approved voluntary work, or
  • a mix of these

You can also claim this payment if you have a short term medical condition that prevents you from working.

If you have a long term medical condition you may be eligible for Disability Support Pension.

If you are getting an income support payment, you will get a letter from us 9 weeks before you reach age pension age. This letter invites you to transfer to Age Pension.

You can also submit your Age Pension claim up to 13 weeks before you are eligible.

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Page last updated: 19 June 2017