Warning Australian Pensioner Don’t Get Married!
Recently I inquired what would happen to my pension if I married. The answer surprised me. In a nut shell it’s this;
If in a defacto (common law) or legal marriage arrangement the pensioner will get a marriage pension which is substantially less than the single person pension. Why? It was explained to me that the new partner could easily work and earn money for the household, and this not withstanding the age of the spouse or even if the spouse is incapacitated. The officer also said that it’s not of any concern to Centrelink the condition of the partner or the nationality, i.e. Australian or otherwise.
The message here is if someone informs Centrelink they’re married or have a partner your single pension income will be changed to a marriage pension forthwith.
The annual pension for a Single Australian pensioner is $21,505
The annual (combined) married pension for eligible (aged)couples is $32,417.
Presumably this means if you marry a lady who is not considered eligible by reasons of nationality or/and age the income to the pensioner drops by half of the married pension income to $16,208. ($21,505-$16,208=$5296.50 less. or $203.71 a fortnight.
I would have thought that the Single Aged pension would either be unaffected or increased. Sadly mistaken.