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 people and couples. Read about how your relationship status can affect your payment rate.

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

The Department of Social Services regularly review and adjust these rates to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The amounts on this page are the maximum rates.

You may also get the Economic Support Payment. We’ll pay this into your bank account automatically.

Normal rates

Per fortnight Single Couple each Couple combined Couple apart due to ill health
Maximum basic rate $860.60 $648.70 $1,297.40 $860.60
Maximum Pension Supplement $69.60 $52.50 $105 $69.60
Energy Supplement $14.10 $10.60 $21.20 $14.10
Total $944.30 $711.80 $1,423.60 $944.30

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 fortnight Single Couple each Couple combined Couple apart due to ill health
Maximum rate $775.20 $626.20 $1252.40 $775.20
Energy Supplement $14.10 $10.60 $21.20 $14.10
Total $789.30 $636.80 $1,273.60 $789.30
Next: How to prepare to claim

There are several factors to consider when you’re preparing to claim Age Pension.

Page last updated: 12 November 2020