Age Pension rules

The Age Pension is a taxpayer-funded basic retirement income stream for life, for those Australians who meet the eligibility requirements for the Age Pension. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice a year, in March and September. The Age Pension rules include reaching a certain age (Age Pension age), meeting residency requirements, and also passing the Age Pension assets test and the Age Pension income test.

The single rate Age Pension is set to at least 27.7 per cent of Male Total Average Weekly Earnings.

You can find key information about the Age Pension, by clicking on the SuperGuide article links below:

From 1 January 2017, the Age Pension assets test becomes a lot stricter. For more information, see SuperGuide article Age Pension: 300,000-plus Australians lose entitlements from January 2017.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Age Pension rules.

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

If you withdraw your super benefits after you turn 60 years of age, you can expect to pay NO tax on those super benefit payment, 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, … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Budget summary: Superannuation shock for Australians

Note: This article is regularly updated reflecting the latest information available on the superannuation changes announced in the 2016 Federal Budget, and to become law before 1 July 2017.On 3 May 2016, the federal treasurer Scott Morrison released the first federal budget of his career, and … [Read more...]

Superannuation changes: What rules apply for the 2016/2017 year?

Although the newly elected Coalition government has announced significant amendments to Australia’s superannuation rules, many of the big-ticket super policies are not changing, and many of the proposed changes will not apply for the 2016/2017 year.Apart from the $500,000 lifetime after-tax … [Read more...]

Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments since July 2016

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 assets test are adjusted three times a year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.Effective … [Read more...]

Age Pension income test: Deeming rates and deeming thresholds

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 increases in the thresholds for the Age Pension income test and Age Pension assets test see SuperGuide article Age Pension: More … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

The 2016 Federal Election on 2 July will decide whether the Coalition’s announced super policies will go ahead, while the ALP has been unusually silent on its proposed super policies, apart from quietly reaffirming two policies, with one measure adopted by the Coalition.The May 2016 Federal … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016)

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2016. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2016. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules taking … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds applicable since July 2016

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2016. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates, see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016). If you’re looking for information on the Age … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Income test thresholds applicable since July 2016

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension income test thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2016. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016). If you’re looking for information on the Age … [Read more...]

Aged care residents hit by super and Age Pension changes

Australians in aged care facilities, and those considering moving into an aged care facility, have had to deal with a lot of financial change in the past two years; at a time when you would hope you could relax and enjoy your later years of retirement.Although SuperGuide is not an aged care … [Read more...]

Introducing SuperGuide’s Retirement Reckoner

Over the years, we receive many requests from readers seeking the magic lump sum amount needed to finance a worry-free lifestyle in retirement. In the many articles we have published on the topic, we have assumed certain rates of return, different retirement ages, different life expectancies, and in … [Read more...]

Age Pension: 300,000-plus Australians lose entitlements from January 2017

Note: Changes to the Age Pension assets test are now law, and will take effect from 1 January 2017. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes announced by the Liberal/NP government in the 2015 federal budget. Although the ALP opposed the changes, the ALP … [Read more...]

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