Payments, concessions and support
There are other payments, concessions and help available for people who get Age Pension.
If you get Age Pension, there are other payments you may be eligible for.
You may be able to get part of your Age Pension as an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
If you give additional daily care to someone, you may get Carer Allowance each fortnight. The person you care for must have one of these conditions:
- have a disability
- have a serious illness
- be frail aged.
Essential Medical Equipment Payment
If you need help with energy costs, you may get an Essential Medical Equipment Payment each year. You can get this payment if you or the person you care for:
- needs heating, cooling or certain equipment for your medical needs
- has a Commonwealth Concession Card
- pays for the energy running costs.
If you get Age Pension you may get an extra payment to help with your energy costs. We’ll pay this Energy Supplement with your Age Pension each fortnight.
Pension Loans Scheme
If you need a little extra to live on each fortnight, you can apply for a voluntary non-taxable loan. But you must qualify for Age Pension and own a property to be eligible. Under the Pension Loans Scheme you’ll get a payment each fortnight and you can pay it back at any time. The loan accrues compound interest each fortnight until you repay the loan in full.
To help with your bills and medicine costs, you may get an extra Pension Supplement with your Age Pension.
Remote Area Allowance
If you live in an identified remote area you may get Remote Area Allowance each fortnight.
If you pay rent, you may get Rent Assistance with your Age Pension to help with this cost.
You can also get other payments depending on your situation. Read more about payments for older Australians.
If you get Age Pension, you’ll also get a Pensioner Concession Card which gives you cheaper:
- health care
- some other discounts in your community.
Read more about the benefits of this card.
We have support services you may be interested in.
Centrepay is a free and voluntary service to pay bills and expenses as regular deductions from your Age Pension.
Financial Information Service
Our free Financial Information Service can inform and educate you about financial matters.
Our Grandparent Advisers help grandparents and non parent carers who provide ongoing care for children.
Centrelink Indigenous Call Centre
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians can call the Centrelink Indigenous Call Centre about our payments and services.
Multicultural Service Officers
Our Multicultural Service Officers help migrant and refugee communities connect with our services.
Rent Deduction Scheme
Use the Rent Deduction Scheme to pay your public housing rent straight from your Age Pension.
Social work services
If you’re going through a difficult time, our social workers can help you.
Tax Deduction Service
You can use the Tax Deduction Service to pay tax on your Age Pension.
You can earn more income from working, if you’re an eligible pensioner, without reducing your Age Pension. We call this the Work Bonus.
Page last updated: 1 July 2021
This information was printed 7 October 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/age-pension/what-other-help-available/payments-concessions-and-support. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.