Media Release by Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Pension rise from tomorrow for more than 3.7 million Australians

From tomorrow, more than 3.7 million pensioners will receive an increase to their payments, the second rise this year.

Up to $11.50 extra a fortnight will go into the accounts of single age pensioners, while age pensioner couples will receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight.

While Labor continues its appalling campaign of misleading the community with false and alarming claims relating to pensions, we have made sure rises occur in March and September every year.

As well, the carbon tax has gone, the Energy Supplement will stay and pensioners will continue to receive the Pension Supplement and eligibility for Pensioner Concession Cards remains unchanged.

The September increase will see total pension payments for people on the maximum rate increase to $854.30 a fortnight for singles, and $1,288.00 a fortnight for couples.

In addition, around one million allowance recipients will benefit from increases to income support payments such as Newstart and Parenting Payment.

Parenting Payment Single recipients will receive an extra $7.20 a fortnight to $732.30.

Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance and Sickness Allowance will increase by $5.20 a fortnight for singles and $4.70 each for couples (including energy supplement).

Full details of all rates and thresholds indexed on 20 September can be found at: