How Centrelink sees singles and couples for pensions in Australia

With the Age Pension, payment rates and means testing arrangements are different for ‘members of a couple’ and ‘single’ people. ‘Homeowners’ and ‘non-homeowners’ also have different means-tested allowances.

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A 5-step financial timeline for retirement

How soon should you start saving for retirement? Answer: The earlier the better. And there are figures that confirm that. There is a well-recognised process leading up to retirement. What follows is an adaptation of a number of countdown steps for finances that I used in my book ‘Retirement Ready?’.

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New index helps to understand finances in retirement

The cost of housing gets a special mention in the latest YourLifeChoices Retirement Affordability Index. Produced by YourLifeChoices and The Australia Institute, the index aims to help you understand how much money you currently need to live at various levels and lifestyles in retirement.

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Understanding permanent residency rules to receive an Australian Age Pension—Part 2

The Australian Social Security system ensures that citizens have the financial resources for at least a frugal, minimal standard of living when they’re unable to earn an income from work. In this, the second, and final, post about the Australian Age Pension and residency, the focus is on checks that applicants are really part of the Australian community.

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Understanding permanent residency rules to receive an Australian Age Pension—Part 1

The Australian Social Security system ensures that citizens have the financial resources for at least a frugal, minimal standard of living when they can’t earn an income from work. However, the Australian taxpayer is wary of paying Age Pensions to people who haven’t really been part of the Australian community.

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How you think about money impacts on your retirement finances

The way we think about money largely determines how successful we become at managing cash flows and accumulating wealth. Some people find the subject of money of little interest. On the other hand, some can be so obsessed with money and may be so driven that they become greedy—out of control even.

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When can I start an Age Pension in Australia?

The Age Pension is a means-tested income support benefit for Australians old enough to be eligible for it. Originally, the Age Pension age was the age when individuals were thought to be ‘too old to work for a living’. For 2018, the Age Pension age is 65 years and 6 months. But it has increased over recent decades and will continue to increase.

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Unexpected retirement, unexpected problems and unexpected solutions—Part 2

This is the second of a two-part series about unexpected or forced retirement that may come from ill health, an accident, retrenchment, caregiving demands or a number of other circumstances.

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Unexpected retirement, unexpected problems and unexpected solutions—Part 1

An unexpected or forced retirement may come from ill health, an accident, retrenchment, caregiving demands or a number of other circumstances. This post is the first of two, with the follow-up post next week. Both are looking at strategies for handling unexpected retirement.

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Understanding Australia’s Age Pension system

Australia’s social security system delivers income support payments to those unable to provide adequately for themselves. That includes retirees. We don’t earn entitlements to social security because we’ve been taxpayers, but because we lack financial resources and are currently unable to work, or are retired.

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