Q: What is Centrelink?

The Federal Government (via Centrelink) provides a range of benefits for Australians who require temporary or permanent assistance meeting basic lifestyle needs.

Benefits offered by Centrelink include:

  • Aged Pension
  • Newstart Allowance (Unemployment benefit)
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Widows Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Family Tax Benefits


Q: Am I eligible for Centrelink Benefits?

To qualify for Centrelink Benefits you need to meet certain criteria.  The requirements vary depending upon the benefit, but generally include:

  • Residency requirements
  • Age requirements
  • Income and assets below certain levels

Q: What is the income test?

The income test measures the level of assessable income you receive from employment, investments and other sources. This generally includes:

  • Personal earnings (wages, bonuses, commissions etc)
  • Monies (cash, legal tender)
  • Valuable consideration (receiving goods or services in exchange for an item, action, or promise)
  • Profits (earnings in excess of its expenses)
  • If you have a partner, his or her income is also taken into account when working out your payment rate.
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