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Seniors Supplement

Legislative Authority

Prior to 26 June 2015

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
Sections 118P to 118PC


Stated Current Purpose/Intent

Seniors supplement ceased 26 June 2015.  The purpose was to provide assistance to self funded retirees and eligible Gold Card holders in meeting quarterly utilities bills.  The seniors supplement was paid quarterly.


Current Eligibility Criteria

Between 20 September 2009 and 26 June 2015, to be eligible for seniors supplement, a person must have been the holder of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, or a Gold Card holder who is of veteran pension age and not receiving an income support payment.


Date of Introduction

Seniors supplement commenced on 20 September 2009; the first payment was paid on 31 December 2009.  It ceased 26 June 2015 with the last payment on 25 June 2015.


Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction


Clean energy advance payable for the period 1 July 2012 to 19 March 2013 for eligible recipients.


Clean energy supplement commences 20 March 2013 for eligible recipients.

Portability period reduced to 6 weeks from 1 January 2013.


Portability provisions removed from the CSHC. The provisions remain for the seniors supplement and the clean energy supplement.

Clean energy supplement replaced by energy supplement commenced 20 September 2014.

2015Seniors Supplement ceased with the last payment 25 June 2015. The Energy Supplement continues to be paid.