Pension Bonus Top Up

An extra payment if you've already had a Pension Bonus.

Who can get it

You’ll get a top up if:

  • you got Age Pension and Pension Bonus on or after 1 January 2008
  • we increased your pension rate in the 13 weeks after you got Age Pension due to a reduction in your income or assets

We calculate the Pension Bonus using the initial basic Age Pension rate. The top up is the difference between the original bonus amount you were paid and how much we would have paid at the highest pension rate during the 13 weeks after you got Age Pension.

We’ll check if you can get a top up and if you can get one, we’ll let you know by letter. You do not need to claim.

You won’t get a top up if:

  • there has been no increase in the pension rate in the 13 weeks after you got Age Pension
  • an increase in pension rate is due to:
    • indexation of pension rate
    • indexation of allowable limits
    • a change in homeowner status, or
    • a change in relationship status

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Page last updated: 14 July 2017