An updated guide to the Age Pension, including payment rates, assets tests and conditions, is now available from the office of the Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien.
"The Age Pension rules payment rates and other details are updated twice a year, and some rules are quite complex so the Age Pension Guide is produced twice a year to ensure Wide Bay pensioners have access to up-to-date information that is clear and easy to understand," Mr O'Brien said.
"The Guide contains a series of commonly asked questions as well as information about the guidelines, payments and eligibility tests relating to the Age Pension, as well as useful contact telephone numbers."
Mr O'Brien said a range of factors could affect Age Pension payments, including the income and asset tests, deeming rates and other provisions.
"These asset tests and other provisions are adjusted from time to time and can change the amount of assistance that pensioners are entitled to receive, so it is important that people have access to the latest information about the support that is available.
"The Guide also provides useful information about the Pension Bonus and Work Bonus Schemes, the Carer Payment and Allowance, as well as health and concession cards that are available to pensioners."
This updated edition also contains information about relevant COVID-19 payments, and advice on flu vaccinations for seniors.
It is available free of charge and can be ordered by telephoning 4121 2936, or downloaded through the One Stop Shop section of Mr O'Brien's website at https://llewobrien.com.au/one-stop-shop/