How much you can get

We use income and assets tests to work out how much Age Pension you get.

There are different rates of Age Pension payments for single and partnered people. If you have a partner we need income and asset information for both of you. Read about the pension income test and assets test.

If you get employment income, this may affect your rate of Age Pension. You must report any employment income you and your partner get, even if it’s under the income cut off point.

You don’t need to give us any payslips unless we ask you for them.

Your relationship changes can affect your payment rate.

If you or your partner get income from or have assets outside Australia, it may affect your rate.

There are also different rates for some people who were getting a pension in 2009.

The Department of Social Services regularly reviews these rates to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The amounts on this page are the maximum rates each fortnight. In some circumstances, you can choose to get your payment each week. Depending on your circumstances, you may also get an advance payment.

Normal rates

Per fortnightSingleCouple eachCouple combinedCouple apart due to ill health
Maximum basic rate$1,020.60$769.30$1,538.60$1,020.60
Maximum Pension Supplement$81.60$61.50$123.00$81.60
Energy Supplement$14.10$10.60$21.20$14.10
Total$1,116.30$841.40$1,682.80$1,116.30

Transitional rates

Some people who were getting part pensions on 19 September 2009 are on transitional rates. This is until they catch up with the current normal rates.

Per fortnightSingleCouple eachCouple combinedCouple apart due to ill health
Maximum rate$908.80$734.00$1,468.00$908.80
Energy Supplement$14.10$10.60$21.20$14.10
Total$922.90$744.60$1,489.20$922.90
Page last updated: 28 March 2024.
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