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Last updated 27 June 2018

To be eligible for an Australian Government age pension from Centrelink, on 30 June 2018 a pensioner must be 65 years and six months or older.

To be eligible for a pension, allowance or benefit from Veterans' Affairs you must meet the veteran pension age test and on 30 June 2018 be 60 years old or older.

You meet the veteran pension age test if one of the following applied to you and you were eligible for a pension, allowance or benefit under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

  • You have eligible war service, that is, service in World War II or operational service as a member of the Australian Defence Force.
  • You are a Commonwealth or allied veteran who served in a conflict in which the Australian Defence Force was engaged during a period of hostilities that is, World War II, or in Korea, Malaya, Indonesia or Vietnam.
  • You are an Australian or allied mariner who served during World War II.
  • You are the war widow or widower of a former member of the Australian Defence Force.

Pension, allowance or benefit includes:

  • disability pension
  • service pension, and
  • white or gold Repatriation health cards for treatment entitlements.

If you are not sure if you meet the veteran pension age test, go to dva.gov.auExternal Link or phone Veterans' Affairs on 1800 555 254.

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