I never thought I’d be reliant on the pension when I got to be ancient but…there you go. Life is what it is. So when can I go on the pension, exactly?
Oh, my Mum was much younger than that when she went on the pension, but I guess there are a lot more of us Baby Boomers now, so I guess it’s fair that the government [both Libs and Labor] would want to draw out the pension age.
Last time I checked, pensioners receive at least $100 more per week than the unemployed. $100 per week is $5,200 per year and more than $50,000 over ten years…
But wait! News just in: starting from July next year  the eligible age for the pension will go up by six months every two years until it hits 67.
Bangs head on desk. I can’t bear it. What if ‘they’ move the goal posts again? I may never get the pension…
-reads the criteria again-
Hang on a minute. It doesn’t say the pension age will go up by six months every six months! It’ll only go up once every two years, so…
-uses her fingers and toes-
It’s okay! I’ll only be 65 and a half when I become eligible!
-faints with relief-
All jokes aside, I did completely misread the eligibility criteria, and I know I’m not the only one so here’s a much easier to understand table of how the increase in the pension age will work:
The arrows are mine, the info. is from the Department of Human Services.
As a woman of a certain age -cough- I’m safe. Unless something radical happens in the next couple of years, I won’t have to wait until I’m 67 to get the pension, which is a huge relief. Now if only I could win the lottery and not have to rely on the pension at all…
Anyone know where I put that Tatts ticket?