Australian Age Pension while outside Australia


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How Much is the Aged Pension when outside Australia?.

Most pensioners will receive their normal pension during short holidays outside Australia. However, anyone who is absent from Australia for a continuous period exceeding 6 weeks, will normally lose some of their pension.

How much Pension do you lose if you are not in Australia?

The new, fortnightly, rates from 20th September 2021 are:

New Aged Pension Rates September 2021

Not residing in Australia, or absent from Australia for a continuous period exceeding 6 weeks:

  • Maximum rate of $906.90 compared to the $967.50 maximum for a single person residing in Australia
  • Maximum rate of $685.40 compared to the $729.30 maximum for a partnered person residing in Australia
  • Those people who are NOT residing in Australia, or are absent from Australia for a continuous period exceeding 6 weeks, will NOT get the Energy Supplement, and their Pension Supplement will reduce to the basic rate.

Australian Aged Pension from September 2021.

What is the Pension Supplement?.

The Pension Supplement is a combined payment of Pharmaceutical Allowance, Utilities Allowance, GST Supplement and Telephone Allowance.


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Your Pension Supplement will reduce to the Pension Supplement Basic Amount:

    • after 6 weeks, if you are leaving temporarily, or
    • on departure from Australia, if you are leaving to live in another country.

Special Note:

If Centrelink can’t get in touch with you while you’re outside Australia, in certain circumstances they may need to stop your payment or concession card.

They suggest that you register for an online account through myGov before you leave Australia. Then you can access your letters and other services online while you are away.

Sources:

humanservices.gov.au/…/while-travelling-outside-australia
guides.dss.gov.au/guide-social-security-law/5/1/8/10

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