Australian Aged Pension from September 2019


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The Australian Aged Pension from September 2019.

The Australian Aged Pension is revised in March and September each year, and the September 2019 new Pension Rates have now been released. This pension is paid Fortnightly.

The Government Aged Pension is a welfare benefit, paid by the Department of Human Services [Centrelink], the Australian welfare system.

The new, fortnightly, rates from 20th September 2019 are:

Single Person Aged Pension September 2019

$850.40 from $843.60 Single Base pension
$ 68.90 from $ 68.50 Pension Supplement
$ 14.10 no change from $ 14.10 Energy Supplement
$933.40 from $926.20 Total Pension in March 2019

Married Person Aged Pension September 2019

$641.00 from $635.90 Married Base Pension
$ 51.90 from $ 51.60 Pension Supplement
$ 10.60 no change from $ 10.60 Energy Supplement
$703.50 from $698.10 Total Pension in March 2019

Eligibility for the Australian Aged Pension.

The Aged Pension is an Income support for older Australians, it is not something that everyone gets. It is only for those in Financial Need.


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Most Australians reaching retirement age will be eligible for a Superannuation from their Employment, under the Compulsory Super Plan. This income may make them ineligible for the Aged Pension under the Income and Assets test.

To be eligible for the Aged Pension you need to fit the various Eligibility Requirements, these include:

  • Age Requirement
  • Residence Requirement
  • Income test
  • Assets test

Pension Rates are reduced where the recipient receives other income.

A single person would lose 50 cents for each dollar (50%) over $174 of other income per fortnight.
A member of a couple would lose 50 cents for each dollar (50%) over $308 of other income per fortnight.

Example: A single pensioner receiving $933.40 per fortnight, but also having  an additional income of $274 per fortnight (part time work, personal super, etc.) would have their pension reduced by $50 per fortnight, based on this calculation:

    • $274 less $174 allowed income = $100 over.   50% of $100 = $50 to be deducted from the pension, leaving a net pension of  $883.40 ($933.40 minus $50)

More examples:

    • A single pensioner with additional income of $1,000 per fortnight, would have the pension reduced by $413, leaving $520.40 pension per fortnight. Giving a combined income of $1,520.40 per fortnight.
    • A single pensioner with additional income of $2,000 per fortnight, would have the pension reduced by $913, leaving just $20.40 pension per fortnight. Giving a combined income of: $2,020.40 per fortnight.

The Residence Requirement.

To be eligible for the aged pension, you need to be a Australian resident for a total of at least 10 years, with at least five of these years in one period.

Any eligible overseas pension must be applied for, and the rate will be taken into account when calculating the Australian Payment rate.

Age Eligibility for Aged Pension.

    • Birthday Between: 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953, Eligible at 65 years and 6 months
    • Birthday Between: 1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955, Eligible at 66 years
    • Birthday Between: 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956, Eligible at 66 years and 6 months
    • Birthday After: 1 January 1957, Eligible at 67 years

Australian Aged Pension Payment Rates.

Previous Total Aged Pension Rates

Married Person (each) Total Fortnightly Aged Pension rates.

Mar 2019 $698.10
Sep 2018 $690.70
Mar 2018 $684.10 This was an increase of $14.50 since March 2017, equal to 2.2% annual rise
Sep 2017 $674.20 This was an increase of $13.00 since September 2016, equal to 1.97% annual rise
Mar 2017 $669.60
Sep 2016 $661.20
Mar 2016 $658.70

Single Person Total Fortnightly Aged Pension rates.

Mar 2019 $926.20
Sep 2018 $916.30
Mar 2018 $907.60 This was an increase of $19.30 since March 2017, equal to 2.2% annual rise
Sep 2017 $894.40 This was an increase of $17.30 since September 2016, equal to 1.97% annual rise
Mar 2017 $888.30
Sep 2016 $877.10
Mar 2016 $873.90

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  2. What happened to the extra $1 a day rise for aged pensioners, as of 3rd of October 2019 my pension has not increased.

    1. Have you logged into your my.gov.au Centrelink account, to see what it says on there. I know that some have had the increase.

  3. Your rates shown from Sept 2019 are WRONG! ($926.20), they are the rates from March 2019, then further down you have the single rate for March at $962.20 ! so you have the pension going down in Sept 2019, I suggest you get your information correct before putting it on line, someone should get a kick up the backside!

    1. Thank you for that. This page, partially updated, should have been in draft mode until it was finalised. Something definitely went wrong.

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