Age Pension for Aged Parent Visa

Age Pension – Purpose of Payment/Benefit

The Age Pension is designed to provide income support to older Australians who need it, while encouraging pensioners to maximise their overall incomes. The Age Pension is paid to people who meet age and residency requirements, subject to a means test. Pension rates are indexed to ensure they keep pace with Australian price and wage increases.

  • be an Australian resident for a total of at least 10 years, with at least five of these years in one period; or
  • have a qualifying residence exemption; or
  • be a woman who is widowed in Australia when both she and her late partner were Australian residents, and who has 104 weeks residence immediately before the claim; or
  • be receiving Widow B Pension, Widow Allowance or Partner Allowance immediately before reaching pension age.

Special rules apply to residence in countries with which Australia has an International Social Security Agreement. Residence in these countries may count towards the minimum 10-year residence requirement.

Eligibility – Age Requirements

The pension age will be gradually increased from 65 to 67 years as set out in the table below.

Period within which a person was born Pension age Date pension age changes
From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953 65 years and 6 months 1 July 2017
From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955 66 years 1 July 2019
From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956 66 years and 6 months 1 July 2021
From 1 January 1957 onwards 67 years 1 July 2023

Residence Requirements

To qualify for the Age Pension you must be an Australian resident (that is, living in Australia on a permanent basis) and in Australia, on the day the claim is lodged, and must also satisfy one of the following:

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