News for older Australians

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Do you know about changes to lifetime income streams?

New means test rules for lifetime income streams came into effect on 1 July 2019.

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Changes to the deeming rates

The deeming rates we use to assess your income are being lowered.

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Watch out for scams during tax time

Tax time is here and we’re already seeing scams targeting myGov users.

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Your 2018-19 Centrelink payment summary is now available

You can use our online services to get a copy of your payment summary. If you use ATO’s myTax, it’s prefilled for you.

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The Pension Loans Scheme has changed

As of 1 July 2019 more older Australians can now access the Pension Loans Scheme.

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Changes to the Work Bonus start next week

If you’re an eligible pensioner over Age Pension age, you may benefit from upcoming changes to the Work Bonus.

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Increase to Age Pension age from 1 July 2019

If you’re born between 1 January 1954 and 30 June 1955, you can claim Age Pension once you’re 66.

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Annual payments for carers

From 3 July 2019, we’ll pay eligible carers the Carer Supplement. Carers may also get the Child Disability Assistance Payment.

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We’ve improved our website design

To help give you a better website experience we’ve refreshed our design.

Do you owe Centrelink money?

From 10 June 2019, if you owe us money we can recover it from your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) payments.

Energy Assistance Payments will be paid in June 2019

If you were getting an eligible payment on 2 April 2019, we’ll pay you an Energy Assistance Payment by 30 June 2019.

Changes to the Pension Loans Scheme from 1 July 2019

Changes to the Pension Loans Scheme will impact new and existing participants. More people will be able to access it.

Changes to the Work Bonus from 1 July 2019

The Work Bonus is increasing. We’ll also apply it to self-employment income from active participation.

Medicare gets a refresh

We’ve improved our site to make it better for you. Let us know what you think.

Don’t fall for a scam

Know how to pick fake emails, fake text messages and fake websites.

Stay safe from being hacked. Use strong passwords

It’s not too late to start making strong passwords a good habit.

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