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C28/2005 Issue of 2005/06 Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)

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DATE OF ISSUE:  28 July 2005

Issue of 2005/06 Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)

Purpose

To provide information about the bulk issue of the 2005/06 CSHC.

Background

The CSHC was introduced on 1 July 1994 and provides entitlement to Commonwealth Concessions for pharmaceuticals listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

CSHC holders also receive a twice yearly payment of seniors concession allowance and if eligible, a quarterly payment of telephone allowance.

Great Southern Railway offers concessional fares to CSHC holders on The Indian Pacific, The Ghan and The Overland.

In addition, CSHC holders may be entitled to further state/territory concessions on presentation of their card to the relevant department or authority.

Eligibility

The CSHC is intended to assist eligible veterans and their partners (including widow/widowers, and war widow/widowers) of pension age who fail to qualify for pension due to assets or income in excess of the current limit.  Eligibility is determined manually by state office staff.

CSHC income test

The CSHC income test is based on the annual adjusted taxable income.  The CSHC income limit is as follows:

  • $50,000 if single;
  • $80,000 (combined), if a member of a couple;
  • $100,000 (combined), if accepted as being separated due to ill health or respite care.

The above amounts are increased for each dependant child by $639.60.

Card numbers for the annual bulk run

The number of cards and carriers to be produced for the annual bulk run will be approximately 9,934.  This figure was derived from an AIS query dated 16 July 2005.  The state break down is as follows:

STATE

NO. FOR BULK ISSUES

NSW/ACT

3,452

VIC

2,506

QLD

1,617

WA

1,292

SA/NT

899

TAS

168

TOTAL

9,934

Blank stock for daily issues

Blank stock for the new daily issues was sent to the CSHC State Office Contacts during the week beginning 4 July 2005.

State Offices are to begin using the new daily stock on Monday, 22 August 2005.

Changes to the card and carrier

Minor text and formatting changes have been made to the 2005/06 card (valid from 01/10/2005 to 30/09/06) and carrier.


Last year's blank stock

Please notify the National Office contact, Kerry-Anne Rowe, regarding the remaining number of last years' cards and carriers.

Production and timing

The bulk 2005/06 CSHC live extract of the client data will occur on Saturday, 20 August and Sunday, 21 August 2005.  The card production will commence on Monday, 22 August 2005.  The CSHCs will be lodged with Australia Post on Friday, 26 August 2005.

Post production reports

Post production Summary and Non-Issued Reports will be printed on the State Office printers following the live run.  State Offices are to examine the reports and undertake any necessary action.

CSHC State Office Contacts

The CSHC State Office Contacts are as follows:

State

Contact

NSW/ACT

Ian Bare

QLD

Katie-Anne Webb

VIC

David Price

SA/NT

Maria Lewandowski

WA

John Gliddon

TAS

Bryon Kelly

Report daily issue difficulties

Any difficulties in relation to daily issue templates are to be reported to Kevin Richardson on (02) 6289 6330.

National Office contact

If you have any enquiries relating to this topic, please contact Kerry-Anne Rowe on (02) 6289 6663.

John Stevens

Acting Branch Head

INCOME SUPPORT

28 July 2005