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Change of Marital Status During Qualifying Period

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Annual notional pension rate

    

Should the person's marital status change during the overall qualifying period, it is necessary to calculate a bonus reflecting the marital status that applied during different periods of the overall qualifying. Therefore, a notional rate of pension is calculated for the period when the person was a different marital status from their status at the time of grant of pension. In such a circumstance, the following formula is used to calculate the total pension bonus:

Annual notional single pension rate (Step 1) X pension multiple (Step 2) X no. of single years in overall qualifying period (Step 3)

+

Annual notional partnered pension rate (Step 1) X pension multiple (Step 2) X no. of partnered years in overall qualifying period (Step 3)

Step 1

    

Calculate the person's annual notional pension rate as follows:

If the person is...

Then the annual notional pension rate for the period the person was...

not a war widow/widower-pensioner and is not permanently blind

  • single within the overall qualifying period
    = adjusted percentage X (MBR single plus pension supplement basic amount), and
  • partnered within the overall qualifying period
    = adjusted percentage X (MBR partnered plus pension supplement basic amount).

not a war widow/widower-pensioner and is permanently blind

  • single within the overall qualifying period
    = MBR single plus pension supplement basic amount, and
  • partnered within the overall qualifying period
    = MBR partnered plus pension supplement basic amount.

a war widow/widower-pensioner and was a war widow/widower-pensioner during the whole of the overall qualifying period that the person was single

  • single
    = the person's annual pension rate as at the date of grant of the designated pension.

a war widow/widower-pensioner and was a war widow/widower-pensioner during the whole of the overall qualifying period that the person was partnered

  • partnered
    = the person's annual pension rate as at the date of grant of the designated pension.

a war widow/widower-pensioner and was not a war widow/widower-pensioner during some or all of the overall qualifying period that the person was single

  • single
    = the apportioned single amount

a war widow/widower-pensioner and was not a war widow/widower-pensioner during some or all the overall qualifying period that the person was partnered

  • partnered
    = the apportioned partnered amount
Adjusted percentage

A person's adjusted percentage is the pension payable at the time of grant expressed as a percentage of the maximum rate of pension. In some cases a person's notional rate is calculated by applying the adjusted percentage to derive a proportional rate of pension that would have been payable if the person had been a different marital status at the time of grant.

The adjusted percentage is calculated as follows (note that all amounts are as at the date of grant of pension):

If the claimant is...

Then the adjusted percentage is...

not a war widow/widower

annual pension rate/(MBR + pension supplement basic amount) X 100

a war widow/widower and has deferred age service (not subject to a ceiling) or partner service pension for some or all of the overall qualifying period

the annual pension rate payable, if the person's age or partner service pension rate had not been subject to a ceiling/(MBR + pension supplement basic amount) X 100

a war widow/widower and has deferred age pension for some or all of the overall qualifying period

if the person had been granted age pension, the rate that would have been the person's provisional annual payment rate under 1064-A1 of the Social Security Act 1991 if it were assumed that Steps 2 and 3 were omitted from the Method statement/MBR + pension supplement basic amount under the SSA X 100     

Calculations for person who becomes war widow/widower during overall qualifying period

When a person becomes a war widow/widower during the overall qualifying period, the bonus is 'apportioned' to allow for this variation in their status. Where the person has changed marital status during the overall qualifying period, an apportioned single/apportioned partnered amount is calculated.

Apportioned single amount

    

The apportioned single amount is calculated as follows:

[(period not a war widow/widower ? single part of overall qualifying period) X provisional payment rate] + [(period a war widow/widower ?  single part of overall qualifying period) X annual pension rate]

For the purpose of calculating the apportioned single amount, the provisional payment rate is:

If the person has, for some or all of the single part of the overall qualifying period...

Then the provisional payment rate is...

deferred age service pension (not subject to a ceiling) or partner service pension and the person is not permanently blind

the adjusted percentage of (MBR + pension supplement basic amount) as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were single at the time

deferred age service pension (not subject to a ceiling) or partner service pension and the person is permanently blind

MBR + pension supplement basic amount as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were single at the time

deferred age pension and the person is not permanently blind

the adjusted percentage of (MBR + pension supplement basic amount under the SSA) as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were single at the time.

deferred age pension and the person is permanently blind

MBR + pension supplement basic amount under the SSA as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were single at the time.

Apportioned partnered amount

    

The apportioned partnered amount is calculated as follows:

[(period not a war widow/widower ? partnered part of overall qualifying period) X provisional payment rate] + [(period a war widow/widower ?  partnered part of overall qualifying period) X annual pension rate]

For the purpose of calculating the apportioned partnered amount, the provisional payment rate is:

If the person has for some or all of the partnered part of the overall qualifying period...

Then the provisional payment rate is...

deferred age service pension (not subject to a ceiling) or partner service pension and the person is not permanently blind

the adjusted percentage of (MBR + pension supplement basic amount) as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were partnered at the time.

deferred age service pension (not subject to a ceiling) or partner service pension and the person is permanently blind

MBR + pension supplement basic amount as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were partnered at the time.

deferred age pension and the person is not permanently blind

the adjusted percentage of (MBR + pension supplement basic amount under the SSA) as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were partnered at the time.

deferred age pension and the person is permanently blind

MBR + pension supplement basic amount under the SSA as at the date of grant and assuming that the person were partnered at the time.

Step 2

    

Calculate the person's pension multiple, using the following formula:

[(0.094) X (no. of years in the overall qualifying period)]

Step 3

    

Calculate the number of single/partnered years in the overall qualifying period:

  • The number of single years in the overall qualifying period is the number of years during the overall qualifying period when the person was single.
  • The number of partnered years in the overall qualifying period is the number of years during the overall qualifying period when the person was partnered.
Example of pension bonus calculation - change in marital status during qualifying period

Mr Jones has deferred his pension for 5 full years. He is now claiming single service pension and pension bonus. During his overall qualifying period, Mr Jones was partnered for 2 years and 7 months (214 days) and has been single for the last 2 years and 5 months (151 days). At grant, Mr Jones has in his assessment $50,000 assets and $235.50 income per fortnight.

The following steps are required to calculate his pension bonus:

(Note: These rates are effective at 20 September 2009)

Step

Action

1

His annual pension rate (single) at grant is $14,066 ($541 per fortnight) -

2

Number of single years is 2 + 151/365 = 2.414 years

3

Number of partnered years is 2 + 214/365 = 2.586 years

4

Annualised maximum basic rate plus pension supplement basic amount is $16,520.40 (single) and $12,495.60 (partnered)

5

Adjusted percentage is (14,066/16,520.40) X 100 = 85.143%

6

Annual notional pension rate single is (85.143% X 16,520.40) = $14,065.96

7

Annual notional pension rate partnered is (85.143% X 12,495.60) = $10,639.13

8

Pension multiple is 0.094 X 5 (total years) = 0.47

Pension bonus is:

(annual notional single rate) X (pension multiple) X (no. of single years)

+

(annual notional partnered rate) X (pension multiple) X (no. of partnered years)

(14,065.96 X 0.47 X 2.414)

+

(10,639.13 X 0.47 X 2.586)

=

(15,958.96 + 12931.01)

=

$28,890.00 (rounded)


War widow/widower — pensioner means a person who is receiving a war widow's/widower's pension from the Australian Government.

 

 

A person may be regarded as permanently blind in both eyes where:

  • there is a total loss of sight; or
  • visual acuity after correction with suitable lenses is less than 6/60 in both eyes on the Snellen Scale; or
  • where, in the written opinion of an ophthalmologist, the visual field deficits and/or combination of deficits results in a visual impairment which is the equivalent of a corrected visual acuity measure of less than 6/60 in both eyes.

The Commission Guideline CM5829: Determining 'permanently blind', 'no useful sight' and 'blinded in both eyes' may be instructive in making a blinded/blindness determination.

 

According to Schedule 6-B1 of the VEA a MBR is the person's maximum rate is ascertained at the date of grant of the designated pension, and is the maximum annual pension rate payable at the date of grant (excluding allowances).

 

 

According to Schedule 6-B1 of the VEA a MBR is the person's maximum rate is ascertained at the date of grant of the designated pension, and is the maximum annual pension rate payable at the date of grant (excluding allowances).

 

 

The pension supplement basic amount is an annual rate paid fortnightly from 20 September 2009. It replaces the GST supplement. It is indexed twice a year in line with CPI increases.

An age pension is a means tested income support payment paid by Centrelink  or DVA on behalf of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The majority of age pensions are paid through Centrelink. However, eligible veterans  who have an accepted disability or receive a disability pension from DVA, but do not have qualifying service, may be paid their age pension by DVA. Their partner may also receive their age pension from DVA, if eligible.