Pension Bonus Top Up

An extra amount on top of the Pension Bonus you have already received.


A Pension Bonus Top Up may apply if you were granted Age Pension and Pension Bonus on or after 1 January 2008. This is the recalculation of the original bonus amount and not a second bonus payment.

The amount of the top up payment is the difference between the initial amount of Pension Bonus paid and the amount of bonus that would have been paid using the highest pension rate in the 13 weeks after Age Pension was granted.

If there is no increase in the pension rate in the 13 week top up period after Age Pension was granted, no top up payment can be made.


You do not need to make a claim for a Pension Bonus Top Up payment.

We will automatically check to see if you qualify for a top up payment after the top up period has ended. If you are entitled to a top up, we will let you know by letter.

The Pension Bonus is calculated using the initial basic Age Pension rate. A top up is:

  • paid if the increase in pension rate is due to a reduction in your income or assets
  • not paid if an increase in pension rate is due only to:
    • indexation of pension rate
    • indexation of allowable limits
    • a change in homeowner status, or
    • a change in marital status

Any subsequent decrease in pension rate does not disqualify you from receiving a top up payment.

If your pension rate did not decrease in the 13 weeks after your Age Pension was granted, a top up is not payable to you as there was no recalculation of your payment.

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Page last updated: 2 May 2017