Retirement income

Age Pension

Effective 1 January 2017, there were changes to Age Pension rules. Find out more.

If you have reached retirement age, you might be entitled to receive the Age Pension, an income support payment from the Government. You could also be entitled to other payments and benefits, including the Pensioner Concession CardPension Supplement or Rent Assistance.

Maximum pension rates as at 20 March 2017 are as follows: 

Fortnightly Annual

Single

$888.30

$23,095.80

Couple combined

$1,339.20

$34,819.20

Includes Pension Supplement and Energy Supplement. These supplements help you to meet the costs of your daily household and living expenses including energy costs.

To qualify for the Age Pension, you must first satisfy the age and residency requirements. Visit the Department of Human Services website for full details.

Means testing

Your Age Pension entitlement is calculated under both an Assets Test and an Income Test. The test that results in the lower rate will apply.

Assets Test

The value of various assets you own can impact your eligibility for the Age Pension. The maximum value of assets you can hold before they affect your pension, effective 20 March 2017, are as follows: 

For full pension Disqualifying asset limits

Homeowners

Single

Couple combined

 

$250,000

$375,000

 

$546,250

$821,250

Non-homeowners

Single

Couple combined

 

$450,000

$575,000

 

$746,250

$1,021,500

Assets worth more than the lower threshold amounts reduce your pension by $3 a fortnight for every $1,000 above the amounts shown in the table.

Income Test

Centrelink assesses the income from your financial investments, including term deposits, shares and managed funds, under one set of rules known as 'deeming'. The Centrelink Income Test 'deems' your financial investments to be earning a certain rate of income, no matter what they are actually earning.

The current deeming thresholds and rates, effective 20 March 2017, are as follows:

Single Rate Couple
First $49,200

 

1.75%

First $81,600

Over $49,200

3.25%

Over $81,600

The income limits for the Pension Income Test, effective 20 March 2017, are as follows:

For full pension Disqualifying income limits

 

Single

Couple combined

Fortnightly                       Annual

$164                                 $4,264

$292                                 $7,592

Fortnightly                       Annual

$1,940.60                       $50,455.60

$2,970.40                       $77,230.40

Income above the lower threshold reduces your rate of pension by 50 cents for every dollar.

Tip
Certain income streams such as some long-term annuities are not deemed and may provide a favourable outcome under the Income Test. This may help you receive a higher level of the Age Pension.

Determining whether and how much you are entitled to can be complicated. Your financial adviser can help you assess your Centrelink entitlements.