Federal Budget Stimulus Payment

The $250 ECONOMIC SUPPORT PAYMENT for pensioners and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.

National Seniors’ campaign to change deeming rates has resulted in more retirees being eligible for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and stimulus payments. 

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About the stimulus payments

The federal government is providing two additional stimulus payments of $250 to pensioners and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders in December 2020 and March 2021.

  • If you are an existing Age Pension recipient or self-funded retiree with an existing Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), there is nothing you need to do. You will receive the payment automatically.
  • If you are a self-funded retiree and don’t have a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) you could be eligible due to changes to deeming rates. 

Find out why you might now be eligible here.

Act now and check your eligibility before the cut off dates below:

The first payment cut off date: Friday 27 November 2020

The second payment cut off date: Friday 26 February 2021

What is a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

For those who are still unsure or unaware, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) is for self-funded retirees who do not receive the pension and are not eligible for the Pensioner Concession Card.

The CSHC gives you:

  • access to cheaper medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,
  • the chance to be bulk billed by a GP (at their discretion),
  • a bigger refund on medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net, and
  • access to some state and territory concessions

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