Health card holders and eligible Veterans Gold Card Holders also receive the Seniors Supplement payment.
Eligibility for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card is available to seniors who:
- have reached Age Pension age, but not eligible for a pension due to income or assets
- meet an income test
- meet a residency test
As a compliance measure, the Department of Human Services undertakes data matching in which customer data is matched with data from the Australian Taxation Office
CSHC Income test
To be eligible, adjusted taxable income must be less than the following:
Income levels are adjusted annually in September.
For each dependent child the above income limits are increased by $639.60
Adjusted Taxable Income means the sum of:
- Taxable income
- Foreign income
- Total net investment losses
- Reportable Fringe Benefits
- Reportable superannuation contributions
From 1 January 2015 the income test includes a deemed amount from account based tax-free retirement income streams purchased or changed on or after 1 January 2015.
The residency test requires:
- Living in Australia as Australian resident or special category visa holder
- physically present in Australia on the day claim is lodged, and continue to meet the residence requirements.
New Residents Waiting Period
From 1 January 2019 the waiting period for newly arrived residents to receive a range of benefits has been extended. The new waiting periods will apply generally to visas granted on or after 1 January 2019.
Examples of adjusted waiting periods include:
|Benefit||Visa on or after 1 Jan 2019||Before 1 Jan 2019|
|Commonwealth Seniors Health Card||waiting period 4 years||2 years|
|Low Income Health Care Card||4 years||2 years|
|Parenting Payments||4 years||2 years|
|Carer Payments||2 years||2 years|
|Dad and Partner Pay||2 years||no waiting period|
|Parental Leave Pay||2 years||no waiting period|
|Family Tax Benefit Part A||1 year||no waiting period|
|Family Tax Benefit Part B||no waiting period||no waiting period|
Budget 2014-15 proposed measures – Pensioner Concession Cards (PCC)
In a separate 2014 budget measure, it was proposed that the agreement between the Commonwealth and the States which supports the Pensioner Concession Card be scrapped from 1 July 2014. Each State would determine their response to the removal of the funding arrangements which currently supports a range of Seniors discounts and concessions including cheaper medicines, rates, vehicle registrations, public transport and other utilities.
- What Are The Assets Test Changes From 1 January 2017?
- See Department of Human Services – Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Seniors Supplement – cessation
This page was last modified 2019-01-03