Income

All pensions and allowances must provide for a modest standard of living. Pensions and allowances must ensure that income support recipients with little or no private income can cover the cost of essential goods and services. 

There should be an equitable and adequate retirement income strategy to cater for the many people for whom superannuation will not provide sufficient income for a modest retirement.

Read CPSA's full income policy here


Deeming rates too high?

CPSA was asked why the deeming rates had stayed as high as they have, even though the Reserve Bank’s cash rate has gone down.

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March 2017 pension indexation

The pension has been increased from 20 March as part of the twice-yearly indexation.

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Social Security Bill increases insecurity

The Australian Government seems to be trying to make those on impossibly low social security payments such as Newstart and Youth Allowance and the slightly less penny-pinching Age Pension, Disability Pension and Carer Payment to pay for an increase in  Government subsidised child care.

Read more: Social Security Bill increases insecurity

Is the family home already in the asset test?

WHAT is usually meant by including the family home into the pension asset test is that the home’s sale value is added to the assets assessed. However, arguably the Government has already found a way of including it in the pension asset test. And it favours country pensioners over town pensioners.

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Town and country: the value of the family home

THE difference in value between homes in capital cities and homes in the country is sometimes brought up as an argument to include the family home in the pension asset test.

Read more: Town and country: the value of the family home

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