Age Pension

October 2016

Senate Estimates Committees – Investment approach to welfare – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Social and Community, Age Pension,

Senate Estimates Committees are an important but little-understood parliamentary process which allows senators from all sides to question officials and (Senate-based) ministers in detail about matters in their portfolio.

June 2016

Labor’s ‘Age-Friendly’ policy – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Economy, Age Pension,

Labor has announced an ‘age-friendly nation’ policy which includes a national strategy to “harness the economic and social potential of older Australians” and a repurposed grants program to focus on “active ageing”.

October 2015

Wellbeing of Australian older people falls, according to international ranking – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Economy, Age Pension, Aged Care, Social Services,

Australia has fallen from 13th to 17th in an international ranking of the social and economic wellbeing of older people.

September 2015

National Reform Summit – 26 August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Age Pension, Trade Unions,

About 80 delegates will meet as part of the ‘National Reform Summit on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.

Applications called for 2015 Aged Care places – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Age Pension,

The Department of Social Services Ageing and Aged Care has called for applications under the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

National Reform Summit – 26 August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Age Pension, Industrial Relations,

The ‘National Reform Summit was held in Sydney on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.

June 2015

Greens flag new pragmatism to pass pension changes - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Age Pension,

The Greens have struck a deal with the Government to pass its proposed changes to the age pension assets test.

March 2015

Age pension indexation and assets test on the table – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Age Pension,

Social services minister Scott Morrison has signalled a possible Government re-think on plans to index the age pension to changes in inflation (the Consumer Price Index) rather than to changes in male wages.

May 2014

AGE PENSION: Discrimination Commissioner says Government must go further

Filed under: Age Pension,

Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, says the Government must go further to ensure that older Australians will have the same opportunities to access paid work as everyone else.

Age and Disability and other Pensions - 13 May 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Age Pension,

The Government will index pensions, including the Age Pension and the Disability Support Pension, to inflation rather than to wages from September 2017.