Super and the Age Pension

Most Australians are eligible for the Government Age Pension. If you’re among them, you can use it to top up your super.

What is the Age Pension? 

The Government Age Pension is a regular fortnightly income from the Australian Government that helps eligible older Australians pay for basic living expenses.

It’s called the “retirement safety net” for a reason. Around 58%1 of Australians over the age of 65 receive either a part or full Government Age Pension.

1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 31 March 2023.


READ MORE: HOW SUPER WORKS WITH THE AGE PENSION

 

Am I eligible to receive it? 

Reaching preservation age and finishing up at work don’t mean you automatically get the Age Pension.

You’ll need to meet eligibility requirements set out by the Australian Government before you can receive your first pension payment. These include:

For eligibility details download the fact sheet ‘Are you eligible for the Government Age Pension?'

Are you eligible for the Government Age Pension - pdf, 111KB

Eligible to get the Age Pension?

Try our online guide to find out

 

Your age and residential status

Have you reached the qualifying age? Are you an Australian Resident?

 

Your assets

The assets you own will affect whether you get the Age Pension, and how much.

 

Your income

The income you earn will affect whether you get the Age Pension, and how much.

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