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?.

Under the above rules, a ‘Single‘ Aged Pensioner who gets $926.20 per fortnight would only get $867.40 while overseas.  (rates based on March 2019)

This would be made up of:

    • $843.60 Single Base pension
    • $  23.80 Basic Pension Supplement
    • $867.40 Total Pension

The normal Aged pension (for the example above) consists of four components:

    • $843.60 The Base pension
    • $  23.80 Basic Pension Supplement [PS]
    • $  44.70 Additional Pension Supplement (combined PS $68.50)
    • $  14.10 Energy Supplement
    • $926.20 Total Pension

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.


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What is the Pension Supplement?.

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

The basic rate of pension supplement (March 2019) is:

$23.80 – single person
$19.60 – partnered (each)

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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