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Service and Disability Pension Allowance Rates

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Utilities allowance

Paid quarterly. Indexed six monthly. Effective from 20/09/2009

 

Old rate
New rate

Not a member of a couple

$129.70

$130.50

Partnered – each

$64.85

$65.25

Illness or respite separated – each

$129.70

$130.50

 

Seniors concession allowance

Paid quarterly. Indexed six monthly. Effective from 20/09/2009

 

Old rate
New rate

Gold Card & CSH Card Holder

$129.70

$130.50

 

Remote area allowance

Paid fortnightly.  

 

Old rate
New rate

Not a member of a couple

$18.20

$18.20

Partnered – each

$15.60

$15.60

Spouse, widow/widower

$18.20

$18.20

Each child

$7.30

$7.30

 

Telephone allowance

Paid quarterly. Indexed annually. Rate effective from 20/09/2009

 

Old rate
New rate

Base Rate

$23.00

$23.40

1/2 Base Rate

$11.50

$11.70

Home internet

$34.60

$35.20

Home internet 1/2 base rate

$17.30

$17.60

 

Deeming interest rates

 

Old rate
New rate

Up to threshold

Date of effect 20/03/2009

2%

2%

Above threshold

Date of effect 20/03/2009

3%

3%

 

Deeming thresholds

Date of effect 01/07/2009

 

Old rate
New rate

Not a member of a couple

$42,000.00

$42,000.00

Partnered – Combined

$70,000.00

$70,000.00

 

Taper rate

Date of effect 20/09/2009

Service pension taper rate

50

cents in the dollar

 

Pharmaceutical allowance

 

Old rate
New rate

Not a member of a couple

$6.00

$6.00

Partnered – each

$3.00

$3.00

Illness or respite separated - each

$6.00

$6.00

Widow's rate

$6.00

$6.00

Orphan's rate

$6.00

$6.00

 

Patient contribution rate

 

Old rate
New rate

Patient contribution rate

$467.74

$517.16

 

Income limit for student child and earnings limit for an employed child

 

Old rate
New rate

Student child (16-22 years)

$9,484.80

$9,484.80

Employed child (under 16 years)

$8,998.60

$8,998.60

 

Clothing allowance

 

Old rate
New rate

High rate

$11.50

$11.70

Mid rate

$7.90

$8.00

Low rate

$5.30

$5.40

 

Attendant allowance

 

Old rate
New rate

High rate

$276.40

$280.50

Low rate

$138.00

$140.10

 

Recreation transport allowance

 

Old rate
New rate

High rate

$73.80

$74.90

Low rate

$36.70

$37.30