Prepare to transfer to Age Pension

You can’t get Sickness Allowance if you’re over Age Pension age.

What you need to know

We’ll invite you to apply to transfer to Age Pension 13 weeks before you’re Age Pension age. You need to tell us if you:

  • want to transfer or not
  • have superannuation.

If you don’t do this, we can’t check your eligibility or transfer you to Age Pension.

We’ll send the invitation to your online account if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll post the invitation and form to you. We’ll fill in the online transfer or form with details we already know about you.

You can’t get Sickness Allowance once you’re Age Pension age or older. This is because you no longer meet the eligibility requirements. Read more about who can get Sickness Allowance.

You can use our Payment and Service Finder to see what else you may be eligible for.

What the benefits are

If you transfer to Age Pension:

  • you may get a higher rate of payment and more generous income and assets tests
  • you’ll get a Pensioner Concession Card
  • you may get the Work Bonus
  • we exempt more land from the assets test if you live on a single land title covering more than 2 hectares.

Keep in mind, some of these factors may change based on your individual circumstances.

How to confirm your decision

You need to complete the online task or return the form we send you and confirm if you want to transfer.

You also have to tell us about any superannuation you have.

Read more about applying to transfer to Age Pension.

Page last updated: 12 July 2019