Social Services changes 2015
The Federal Government has announced a number of changes to social services arrangements which will come into effect in 2015.
Income stream the deeming rules
If you hold an account-based income stream the deeming rules under the social security test will apply from 1 January 2015.
The “Your guide to Deeming information and changes” booklet is now available. For further information see Your Guide to Deeming Information and Changes at https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/seniors/publications-articles/your-guide-to-deeming-information-and-changes.
Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)
As part of the 2014-15 Budget, the Government will make changes to the CSHC from 1 January 2015. Untaxed superannuation income will be included in the CSHC eligibility assessment and a CHSC holder can go overseas up to 19 weeks and retain their benefit.
On 20 September 2014, income limits for the CHSC were indexed. This is the first increase since 2001. Indexation will continue annually each September. For more information, please see the 2014-15 Budget – Changes to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) fact sheet https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/seniors/publications-articles/commonwealth-seniors-health-card-cshc-fact-sheet
Transition to new CHSP arrangements
On 1 July 2015, the new Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will begin. The CHSP is one of the changes being made to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer. See more details at http://www.dss.gov.au/chsp.