News for rural and remote Australians

Read the latest news for rural and remote Australians.

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Too smart to be scammed?

It’s Scams Awareness Week. Here are some ways you can protect your identity and avoid getting scammed.

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Farm assets test stays at $5 million

A change to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) assets test aims to make the payment accessible to more farmers.

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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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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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New livestock income rule helps farmers

A change to Farm Household Allowance (FHA) helps farmers forced to dispose of their livestock.

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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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We’ve improved our website design

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

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.

An extra payment for farmers

Households getting Farm Household Allowance (FHA) will soon get a second FHA supplement lump sum payment.

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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