In the 2013 Federal Budget, the government announced a pilot program to assist senior Australians to downsize to a home more suitable to their needs without reducing their Age Pension entitlements.
According to the Budget papers, “from 1 July 2014, senior Australian homeowners who have owned their family home for at least 25 years and who decide to downsize will have the option to invest surplus funds (up to $200,000) in an account. The funds invested in the account and earned interest, will be exempt from the Age Pension means test for up to 10 years.”
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In another measure affecting senior Australians, the government is providing an additional $10 million to extend the broadband network for seniors. The government is also providing $4.6 million to the Andrew Fisher Institute for Ageing to provide advice on demographic change, infrastructure and support for an ageing society.