Your eligibility for the Centrelink Age Pension, and how much you’re entitled to receive, depends on a number of factors including the value of the assets you own and your income.
The age at which you can claim the Centrelink Age Pension depends on your date of birth - it is gradually increasing to 67 years by 1 July 2023.
|Birthdate||Age Pension qualification age|
|1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953||65 years and 6 months|
|1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955||66 years|
|1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956||66 years and 6 months|
|From 1 January 1957||67 years|
How much can you get from Centrelink?
The fortnightly Centrelink Age Pension rates are indexed in March and September each year. See below for the pension rates as of March 2019.
|Fortnightly payment||Single||Couple (each)||Couple (total)||Couple apart*|
|Maximum basic rate||$843.60||$635.90||$1,271.80||$843.60|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$68.50||$51.60||$103.20||$68.50|
|Total fortnightly payment available||$926.20||$698.10||$1,396.20||$926.20|
* The couple apart rates apply if a couple is living apart due to ill health of one or both partners.
Other qualification criteria
To qualify for the Centrelink Age Pension you must satisfy the Australian residency, age, income and assets requirements. Centrelink also takes other circumstances into account.