Other government support

Government financial help

In addition to the Government Age Pension, there’s also other Government financial support that may be available to you.

Pensioners Concession Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

If you qualify for the Government Age Pension, you’ll also receive a Pensioner Concession Card, which can be used for discounts on prescription medicines, Australian government funded medical services, and other government concessions.

If you don’t qualify for a Pensioner Concession Card, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, which still gives you some of the same benefits.

Use our Health Care Card checker to find out if you qualify.

Seniors Card

Seniors Cards provide discounts on a wide range of goods and services, such as transport, accommodation, restaurants, entertainment, financial products, furniture and electrical goods. This free card is generally available to Australian residents aged 60 and over who are not working full-time, regardless of income.

Each State and Territory government issues its own card and determines who’s eligible.


The Work Bonus

The Work Bonus rewards older Australians for staying in the workforce by letting you earn up to $250 a fortnight of employment income before your Government Age Pension payments are reduced, so if you keep working part-time you could supplement the Government Age Pension and use less of your super.

Find out more about the Government Age Pension and Work Bonus at humanservices.gov.au/workbonus.

Rental assistance for non-home owners

If you qualify for the Government Age Pension and don’t own your home, you may be able to apply for rental assistance. For single pensioners, the maximum rent assistance payment is $130.60 per fortnight, whilst for couples, the maximum fortnightly payment is $123.00.

  Maximum rental assistance payment No payment if your fortnightly rent is less than Maximum payment if your fortnightly rent is more than
Single $130.60 $116.20 $290.33
Couple $123.00 $188.60 $352.60

Source: Centrelink, 20 September 2016.

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