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Centrelink Payment Increases Effective from 1 July 2024

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Centrelink Payment Increases Effective from 1 July 2024

 

Rising inflation has led to an increase in government benefits to help offset the cost of living. Starting 1 July, age pensioners, carers, and other social benefit recipients will see receive a Centrelink Payment Increases due to changes in indexation limits. These adjustments reflect the recent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which increased by 3.6% over the 12 months to March 2024. Approximately 2.4 million Australians are expected to benefit from these changes.

Income Test Thresholds

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Income Free Area (Full Pension Eligibility)

  • Singles: Increase of $8 from $204 to $212 per fortnight.
  • Couples: Increase of $12 from $360 to $372 per fortnight.

Maximum Income Before Pension Ceases

  • Singles: Increase of $8 from $2,436.60 to $2,444.60 per fortnight.
  • Couples: Increase of $12 from $3,725.60 to $3,737.60 per fortnight.

(Note: Rates may vary for homeowners and may be higher if receiving Rent Assistance or Work Bonus.)

Asset Test Thresholds

Homeowners

  • Single Homeowners: Increase of $12,250 from $301,750 to $314,000.
  • Couple Homeowners (combined): Increase of $18,500 from $451,500 to $470,000.

Non-homeowners

  • Single Non-homeowners: Increase of $22,250 from $543,750 to $566,000.
  • Couple Non-homeowners (combined): Increase of $28,500 from $693,500 to $722,000.

Deeming Thresholds

Income Deeming Rates

  • Singles: Threshold for assets deemed at 0.25% increases from $60,400 to $62,600.
  • Couples: Threshold for assets deemed at 0.25% increases from $100,200 to $103,800.

Deeming is used to estimate income from assets for determining pension

payments under the income test. These adjustments mean more of your deemed income will attract the lower deeming rate of 0.25%, potentially resulting in a slight increase in payments for those subject to the Age Pension income test.

Deeming Rate Freeze

The government has announced that deeming rates will remain frozen at 2022 levels for another year, a measure that has been advocated for by National Seniors Australia. The deeming rates of 0.25% and 2.25% will stay in place, benefiting approximately 876,000 income support recipients, including 450,000 age pensioners. This freeze prevents what would have been a significant increase in deeming rates, which could have led to reduced payments for nearly half a million pensioners.

Full List of Changes

For a complete list of payment increases, including detailed income and asset limits effective from 1 July 2024, please visit the Department of Social Services website: Department of Social Services Indexation Rates.

 

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

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The Beauty of the Sugar Industry

 

A recently completed mural at the entry to the 150-year-old Harwood Sugar Mill is stopping traffic and creating excitement in the little village with the oldest Australian owned sugar mill.

In the lead up to the 150-year celebrations, artist Nitsua, has created an artwork that reflects the blending of the cane growing and milling activities in the Northern Rivers, that exists thanks to the all-Australian partnership between the grower-owned NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative and family-owned Manildra Group.

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The artwork was commissioned by Sunshine Sugar as part of the preparations to celebrate the significant milestone of 150 years continuous manufacturing operation and Australian ownership – all on the same location on the bank of the mighty Clarence River.

As Sunshine Sugar CEO, Mr Chris Connors commented: “Not too many businesses in Australia can say they have achieved such a significant milestone, which is why we are making the effort to celebrate and promote the resilient industry we have here in NSW.”

Sunshine Sugar and the NSW sugar industry have a line-up of community events and activities happening at Harwood (near Yamba) in August. The celebrations with culminate in a massive outdoor community event to be held at the Harwood Cricket Oval on Sunday 25th August.

Find out more at: 150th Harwood Mill Landing Page – Sunshine Sugar

 

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Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre “Golden Wattle” to Visit Northern Rivers Region

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Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre “Golden Wattle” to Visit Northern Rivers Region

 

Services Australia’s Mobile Service Centre, Golden Wattle, is set to visit towns in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, providing easy access to Centrelink, Medicare, National Disability Insurance Scheme, and Department of Veterans’ Affairs services.

Golden Wattle will visit:

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  • Nimbin: Wednesday, 17 July, opposite the neighbourhood centre, Cullen Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Urbenville: Thursday, 18 July, near Captain Cook Park, Urben Street (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Woodenbong: Friday, 19 July, in front of Woodenbong Hall, Unumgar Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Kyogle: Monday, 22 July and Tuesday, 23 July, in the Kyogle visitor centre car park, Summerland Way (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Bonalbo: Wednesday, 24 July, in front of Bonalbo Hall, Koreelah Street (9:30 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Tabulam: Thursday, 25 July, opposite the hotel, Court Street (9:30 am to 3:00 pm)

About Mobile Services Centres: Mobile Services Centres are 20-tonne trucks operated by Services Australia staff, providing regional and rural Australians with friendly, face-to-face service and tailored support. On this trip, staff can assist with:

  • Centrelink claims
  • Medicare registrations
  • Accessing online services

Additionally, information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services will be available.

For more information, visit the Services Australia website.

 

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Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

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Saffin Secures $30,000 Grant for Youth Crime Prevention

 

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has successfully secured a $30,000 grant for North-Tracks Works, a Lismore-based organisation dedicated to empowering vulnerable young people. This funding will enable the expansion of their life-changing programs to engage more youth in Goonellabah, Coraki, and Casino.

Ms. Saffin expressed her gratitude to NSW Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley for approving the grant following her advocacy on behalf of North-Tracks Works. She praised the organisation, which operates out of a shed in South Lismore, for its impactful work with young people aged 11 to 18, offering one-on-one support, mentoring, and practical learning opportunities.

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“I previously secured a $44,000 Local Small Commitments Allocation grant to help North-Tracks purchase equipment and materials for skill-building,” Ms. Saffin said. “This additional grant will allow North-Tracks to employ youth workers and expand their proven youth program, which is supported by Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner.”

Patrick Higgins, Chair of North-Tracks Works and a local real estate agent, thanked Ms. Saffin for her efforts in securing the additional funding from Minister Catley. “We don’t fit in the box for normal funding. Our approach is about creating a sense of belonging and purpose through our skills program and training working dogs. It’s the work with the dogs that bridges the gap,” Mr. Higgins explained.

“At North-Tracks, we spend 10 percent looking back, 10 percent at where you are now, and 80 percent looking forward. We help them chase their dreams and goals,” he added. “Our team has three basic goals: keep them safe and alive, keep them out of jail, and help them move forward to live a full and productive life.”

This funding is set to sustain and expand North-Tracks Works’ impactful initiatives, providing more opportunities for at-risk youth to gain essential skills and find a sense of purpose and for Youth Crime Prevention.

 

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