Financial assistance for pensioners, seniors, people with disability, carers and veterans

How much is the payment? If you received an eligible pension, or held an eligible concession card, you will receive $1,400 if you are single or $1,050 for each eligible member of a couple. If you receive Carer Allowance, you will receive $1,000 for each eligible person in your care.

Who is eligible? People who, on 14 October 2008, received one of the following payments:

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Wife or Widow B Pension
  • Partner, Widow or Bereavement Allowance
  • Veterans’ Affairs Service Pension
  • Veterans’ Affairs Income Support Supplement.
People who, on 14 October 2008:

  • held a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • held a Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card and were also eligible for Seniors Concession Allowance
  • were of Age Pension age and received Parenting Payment, Special Benefit, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance.
People who were entitled to Carer Allowance on 14 October 2008 will also be eligible for a lump sum payment for each eligible person in their care.

When and how will the payment be made? You do not need to do anything to receive your lump sum payment. In most cases, the payment will be made automatically to your bank account and a letter sent to you confirming the payment, during the fortnight 8 to 19 December 2008.

Check Centrelink for more details.

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