Fix Pension Poverty


This campaign aims to improve the standard of living for older Australians reliant on the Age Pension.

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The Adequacy of the Age Pension in Australia.

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About the issue


National Seniors has partnered with the Benevolent Society to fight for a fair go for people on the pension.

It simply doesn’t provide enough for older Australians.

More than half a million people rely on the pension as their sole source of income.

We know that people in this situation are struggling. The cost of essentials, such as health, housing, transport and energy have increased far quicker than non-essentials.

Older renters are particularly hard hit.

More than a quarter of a million pensioners don’t own their own home.

On average, a pensioner receives only a third of what is needed to pay the rent.

Single older women are also more likely to be living in poverty.

They often have less savings and superannuation because they were out of the paid workforce looking after children and family.

As part of the campaign, we’ve been visiting branches with the Benevolent Society and lobbying parliamentarians.

Over time we will take further actions to raise awareness about the campaign.

If fixing pension poverty is important to you, sign up to the campaign to get regular updates. 

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Campaign priorities


Priority 1: Establish an Age Pension Tribunal to independently set the Age Pension rate


National Seniors fought hard and won a historic one-off increase of $30 per week to the maximum Age Pension rate in 2009.

But now more needs to be done.

Government must adequately fund the Age Pension

It reflects poorly on government when older Australians live in poverty.

Unfortunately, recent public debate about the pension has become toxic.

The pension has become a prime target for Budget savings with arguments about the cost of the pension used to justify cuts.

Younger taxpayers are being told by government they are bearing an increasing burden to fund the pension.

Politics must be taken out of the process.

An Independent Age Pension Tribunal is the first step to a fairer retirement income system that meets the needs of all Australians.

What would an Independent Age Pension Tribunal do?

An Independent Age Pension Tribunal would take responsibility for calculating a fair and adequate pension rate.

It would work out the pension rate and any supplements based on need and circumstance.

Its decisions would be accepted without debate in the same way monetary policy is set by the Reserve Bank.

The Tribunal will hand down its determination every November to provide enough time to be accounted for in the May Budget.

What can you do?

If you want to support our efforts to create an Independent Age Pension Tribunal, sign up to the campaign to get regular updates.

You can also help by becoming a National Seniors member (if you are not one already).

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