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Your Age Pension Penrith

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The Age Pension application process can be daunting, but with the right guidance, you can ensure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to. At MLS Financial in Penrith, we specialize in helping our clients secure and maximise their Age Pension entitlements. We break down the Age Pension rules to assist you in understanding and applying for the Age Pension, increasing your entitlements, and managing the necessary administration and reporting.

Understanding Your Age Pension Entitlements

The Age Pension is a government benefit designed to provide financial support to older Australians. To qualify, you must meet certain age, residency, and income and asset test criteria.

Age and Residency Requirements:

  • You must be at least 67 years old.
  • You must be an Australian resident and living in Australia.

Means Testing:

  • The amount of Age Pension you receive is influenced by your income and the value of your assets.
  • Income includes employment income, rental income, financial investments, and superannuation or other pensions.
  • Assets include properties (excluding your primary residence and certain other assets), vehicles, financial investments, and personal items.
  • Your assets and income are also affected by your partner if you are assessed as a couple.

Increasing Your Age Pension Entitlements in Penrith:

Maximising your Age Pension involves strategic planning and informed financial decisions. Here are some ways to potentially increase your entitlements:

  1. Manage Your Assets:
    • Certain assets are exempt from the assets test, such as your primary residence. Consider how you can structure your assets to optimise your entitlements.
    • Consider if you can sensibly reduce assessable assets by spending on necessary home improvements or purchasing exempt assets.
  2. Optimize Your Income:
    • Minimise assessable income by using strategies like deferring income or using investment vehicles that offer income exemptions or concessions.
  3. Utilise Centrelink Specific Strategies:
    • Using Centrelink specific strategies can result in further increases in your Age Pension entitlement, or even allowing you to be eligible when you currently are not.
  4. Seek Professional Centrelink Financial Advice in Penrith:
    • Consult with our local financial advisers in Penrith to review your financial situation and develop strategies tailored to your circumstances. Financial advice can ensure you’re making the most of your entitlements, as well as improving your overall situation.

Ongoing Reporting Service to Centrelink:

Assisting with Centrelink Administration and Ongoing Reporting

The application process for the Age Pension involves significant paperwork and ongoing reporting requirements. Our team at MLS Financial in Penrith is here to help you every step of the way.

Application Service:

  • We can provide administrative assistance through completing and submitting your application to Centrelink, ensuring all necessary documentation is included.
  • We can help you gather and organise required documents, such as superannuation statements, annuity documentation or other financial information.
  • We can advocate on your behalf if you need a formal review of a Centrelink Outcome Letter.

Ongoing Reporting Service to Centrelink:

  • Once you start receiving the Age Pension, you must report any changes in your circumstances, such as changes in income, assets, or living arrangements.
  • We offer an ongoing service to help you keep track of reporting requirements and ensure compliance, minimising the risk of overpayment or penalties.

Annual Centrelink Review:

  • We offer an annual review of the changes to your financial situation to identify if Centrelink needs to be updated. We will identify if there are opportunities to increase your entitlements or recommend new strategies if required.
  • Our proactive approach ensures you continue to receive the maximum benefits you’re entitled to.

Why Choose MLS Financial in Penrith?

At MLS Financial in Penrith, we pride ourselves on our personalised approach and deep understanding of the Age Pension system. Our experienced advisers are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of the Age Pension, providing peace of mind and financial security in your retirement years.

If you want to discuss any Centrelink strategies, including maximising entitlements, or if you are eligible for the Age Pension, contact MLS Financial today through our online contact form or on 1300 791 800.


  • This information has been compiled from sources considered to be reliable, but is not guaranteed.