Transfer to Age Pension
If you’re Age Pension age and get an eligible payment, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension.
What happens before you reach Age Pension age
If you get an eligible payment, we’ll write to you 13 weeks before you reach Age Pension age. Our invitation will tell you what you need to do and what you might be able to get. You’ll need to tell us if you want to apply for transfer to Age Pension or not, and if you have superannuation. Any superannuation you have may affect your rate of payment.
If you don’t provide the information we’ve asked for, we may stop your current payment once you turn Age Pension age. We may also stop your partner’s payment.
Our invitation to apply to transfer does not necessarily mean you’re eligible for Age Pension. We’ll still need to assess whether you meet Age Pension eligibility requirements.
If you get Partner Allowance or Widow Allowance, call us on the Older Australians line to discuss your options. These payments are closed, so if you transfer to Age Pension you cannot transfer back. It may be financially better for you to stay on your current payment.
If you decide to transfer to Age Pension and you’re not eligible, we may continue paying your current payment.
- regular payment amounts
- any supplements or additional payments you may be able to get
- the amount of Rent Assistance you can get
- how your payment may change if you travel outside Australia
- the income and assets limits
- how employment income may affect your payments.
If you’re not sure which payment is best for you, call us.
If you get one of these payments, we’ll invite you to apply to transfer to Age Pension:
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- JobSeeker Payment
- Parenting Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance.
It’s important to know that JobSeeker Payment will stop once you reach Age Pension age.
Which payments stop when you reach Age Pension age
When you reach Age Pension age you can’t get JobSeeker Payment. This is because you’ll no longer meet the eligibility requirements. You can apply to transfer to Age Pension to see if you’re eligible for that payment instead.
What happens if you don’t get an eligible payment
If you don’t currently get an eligible payment, you need to complete a full Age Pension claim. You can do this online, via a form, by calling, or visiting us.
Read more about how to claim Age Pension.
What is the benefit of applying to transfer
Transferring is simpler and easier than completing a full Age Pension claim.
We’ll invite you to apply to transfer to Age Pension 13 weeks before you reach Age Pension age. 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 form and the online transfer with information we already know.
Your current payment will stop when you reach Age Pension age if you don’t either:
- complete the online transfer
- return the paper form to us.
You can call us if you’re having trouble providing information we’ve asked for before you reach Age Pension age.
If your partner gets a payment from us, their payment will also stop if you don't respond.
How to apply to transfer
You’ll need to:
- check the information we have recorded for you is correct
- give us the information we ask for
- submit your application to transfer online, or post the form back to us.
Read our online guide to transfer to Age Pension using your online account.
If you recently submitted an Age Pension claim to us, you don’t need to complete the online transfer.
Page last updated: 11 January 2021
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