New income test thresholds for the Seniors Health Card

Author: Emma Partenza, Manager, TAG Financial Services

Older Australians of age pension age may be entitled to obtain a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC). It entitles you to receive cheaper medicines under the PBS, bulk billed doctor visits and a refund for medical costs once the safety net is reached.

New incomes test thresholds

Effective from earlier this month, there is a new incomes test threshold to ensure more Australians are eligible for the card and its associated benefits. Older Australians can now earn more and be entitled to receive the CSHC.

The Federal Government estimates more than 50,000 Australians will become eligible to receive the card and its associated benefits. The aim is to ease the cost-of-living pressures currently faced.

Under the new incomes test thresholds, to be eligible for the card, you must earn less than:

Members in receipt of an account-based pension may have their pension assessed under the income test. Deeming rules apply to allocate a certain amount of income to it, regardless of what was earned on these investments and regardless of what you withdraw as a pension. Deeming only applies where account-based pensions were commenced by a member post 1 January 2015; or where they held an ABP earlier, but the member did not hold a CSHC.

CSHC Eligibility requirements:

    • must be of age pension age*
      – 66 years and 6 months if you are born between 1 July 1955 and 31 December 1956
      – Age 67 for those born post 1 January 1957
    • be living in Australia and either hold Australian citizenship or a permanent visa and continue to meet this for the duration of eligibility of holding the card
    • not be in receipt of any payments from Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    • meet the incomes test

* From 1 July 2023 age 67 will be the age pension age for all Australians.


If you require assistance with your application or unsure if you are eligible, please contact your TAG advisor on 9886 0800 or via email.

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