Payments for older Australians

Payments and services for older Australians who are retired, planning for retirement or considering working past Age Pension age.

Information about Age Pension

The Age Pension provides income support and access to a range of concessions for eligible older Australians. If you meet the age and residence requirements, we will calculate how much Age Pension you can get, depending on your income, assets and other circumstances.

When you receive Age Pension, you may also be eligible to receive help with living and household costs.

If you are still working past Age Pension age, you may get a partial Age Pension payment.

Read more about Age Pension and planning your retirement.

If you have lived or worked outside of Australia and are claiming or receiving a pension, we may also ask you to apply for a pension from the other countries you have lived or worked in.

If you are legally blind and you are not claiming Rent Assistance, you may get Age Pension without being assessed against the income and assets tests.

Transfer to Age Pension

You can apply to transfer to Age Pension if you are Age Pension age and receive an eligible Centrelink income support payment.

Read more about transferring to Age Pension.

Financial assistance for older Australians

There are other payments and supplements available.

The Pension Loans Scheme can help you if your capital is tied up in assets and you need more income to live on.

Self-funded retirees may be eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and related payments and services.

If you are caring for someone with disability, a medical condition, or who is frail aged, you may qualify for Carer Payment or Carer Allowance.

Our Payment and Service Finder lets you estimate the amount of Age Pension you may be able to get and compare it with other payments you may be eligible for.

Help with living and household costs

We have payments to help you with your living and household costs.

Rent Assistance gives you extra financial help if you rent privately and receive a payment from us.

Energy Supplement is an ongoing payment if you receive a pension.

Help with health care expenses

We have payments to help you with health care expenses.

The Continence Aids Payment Scheme helps eligible people with permanent and severe incontinence meet some of the costs of incontinence products.

The External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program assists women who have had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer. Under this program, eligible women can claim reimbursement for new or replacement external breast prosthesis purchased after 1 July 2008.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful. You can use Payment and Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

MoneySmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Over 55s section on the MoneySmart website.

myagedcare has information on a wide range of community, aged care and support services. You can find advice about what help is available, assistance at home, aged care homes, and caring for someone.

If you are feeling depressed, anxious or stressed, you might find it helpful to talk to somebody about your mental health.

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program has information about hearing, hearing loss, and benefits available to eligible Australians.

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Page last updated: 20 September 2019