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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 19 September 2014
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PENSION INCREASE FOR THE VETERAN COMMUNITY

From 20 September 2014, veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions.

I am pleased to confirm that the Abbott Government has delivered upon its promise to annually index the income limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) to CPI. This will provide a fairer income limit for card holders and will mean around 120 additional DVA clients will now be eligible for the Card in 2014-15.

As pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, the next pension paid after the 20 September increase (on payday 2 October 2014) will be paid partly at the old rate and partly at the new rate.  The first full payment at the new rates of pension will be payday 16 October 2014.

The table below highlights the key changes to fortnightly rates.

Pension Increase
Pension Old Rate (per fortnight) New Rate (per fortnight) Increase
Service Pension—single $842.80 $854.30 $11.50
Service Pension—couples (each)
(combined)
$635.30
$1,270.60
$644.00
$1,288.00
$8.70
$17.40
War Widow(er)’s Pension $856.20 $868.00 $11.80
Income Support Supplement $252.40 $256.00 $3.60
Special Rate (TPI) of Disability Pension $1,293.20 $1,311.30 $18.10
Intermediate Rate of Disability Pension $877.80 $890.10 $12.30
Extreme Disablement Adjustment $714.10 $724.20 $10.10
100 per cent General Rate of Disability Pension $459.60 $466.10 $6.50
CSHC income limit (single – annual))
(combined partnered – annual)
$50,000
$80,000
$51,500
$82,400
$1,500
$2,400

These are the maximum rates of payment and include any Clean Energy Supplement payable.

Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. A full list of pension rates are available on www.dva.gov.au or by calling 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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