Age Pension

Are you eligible for the Age Pension? The Age Pension is the taxpayer-funded basic retirement income stream for those people who can’t fully support themselves. The single rate Age Pension is set to at least 27.7 per cent of Male Total Average Weekly Earnings.

On SuperGuide, you can find information about the latest Age Pension rates, your Age Pension age, the Age Pension income test and the Age Pension assets test, and more.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Age Pension.

Tax-free super for over-60s, except for some

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If you withdraw your super benefits after you turn 60 years of age, you can expect to pay NO tax on those super benefits, unless you are a member of certain public sector super funds (see summary table at the end of this article). Due to the large number of emails I receive on this topic, I’ll … [Read more...]

Age Pension age increasing to 67 years (not 70 years)

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Note: This article explains the current Age Pension age. If you are seeking information on the retirement age for accessing superannuation benefits see SuperGuide article Accessing super: What is my preservation age? Note: If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension asset … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls from 1 July 2015 with higher thresholds

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Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest Age Pension payment rates see SuperGuide article ‘Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply’. If you are seeking information on the changes … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2015. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules announced in … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from 1 July 2015

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2015 until 19 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply. If you are seeking information on the  changes to … [Read more...]

Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments from 1 July 2015

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In March, July and September of each year, the federal government changes the rules for claiming the Age Pension… for the better! Currently, the Age Pension income test and the Age Pension income test are adjusted three times a year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index. Effective … [Read more...]

300,000 retired Australians to lose some or all Age Pension entitlements

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UPDATE: The changes to the Age Pension assets test have now passed both houses of parliament. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes. The ALP opposed the changes, which were announced by the Australian Liberal government in the May 2015 Federal Budget, … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Income test thresholds from 1 July 2015

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension income test thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2015 until 19 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply. If you are seeking information on the  … [Read more...]

Age Pension assets test changes: Comments from readers

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UPDATE: The changes to the Age Pension assets test have now passed both houses of parliament. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes. The ALP opposed the changes, which were announced by the Australian Liberal government in the May 2015 Federal Budget, … [Read more...]

2015 Federal Budget summary: No new taxes on super but bumpy ride for retirees

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On 12 May 2015, the federal treasurer Joe Hockey released the second federal budget of his career. While last year’s budget was fire and brimstone and targeted ‘leaners’ (who Hockey blamed for the state of Australia’s finances, when he was not blaming the former ALP government), Hockey’s launch of … [Read more...]