When we pay your pension and allowance in 2021

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This page provides information on how a ‘pension period’ relates to the instalment of pension paid to you each fortnight.

This information is for service pensioners, recipients of veteran payment, war widow/ers who receive income support supplement, age pensioners paid by DVA, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) holders and eligible Veteran Gold Card holders who receive their energy supplement from DVA.

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What is a pension period?

A 'pension period' is 14 days long, starting on a Tuesday and ending a fortnight later on the Monday before pension payday. Your pension instalment is the sum of the pension amounts you are entitled to for each of the 14 days in the pension period. Changes to your personal, residential and financial circumstances may mean that pension amounts owed to you will need to be reviewed. We always aim to review your pension amount quickly. Wherever possible, we aim to complete the review so that changes to your pension during a pension period are reflected in the next pension instalment that we pay you. If the review is unable to be completed in time for the next pension instalment, we may then need to make an appropriate adjustment to your pension (up or down) in a later instalment. You can assist by telling us about your changes within 14 days of them happening.

Here is a table to illustrate the ‘14 Day Pension Period’.

An example of a 14 day pension period
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12
Day 13 Day 14     PAYDAY    
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Pension periods for 2021

A list of pension periods for the 2021 year is on the following pages. The 14 day pension periods are shaded alternately in grey and blue. The months of the year are listed down the left side of the page.

*Note: - Some paydays include quarterly pension supplement and quarterly energy supplement for CSHC and eligible Veteran Gold Card holders’.
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Pension indexation increases and paydays

For the first payday occurring after an indexation increase, your pension is calculated for part of the fortnight where the old rate is correct and the rest of the fortnight at the new increased rate. This ensures that you receive your correct daily entitlement.

Pensions are paid fortnightly, but calculated on a daily entitlement basis. This means that your first full payment at the new rate of pension will be paid from the 2nd payday after the indexation date.

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Obligations

Do tell us about changes to your circumstances within 14 days (or 28 days for those who live overseas or receive remote area allowance).

Do tell us the date the change occurred.

For more information about your obligations, please see  What You Need to Tell Us About

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2021 Pension Periods

2021 pension periods
 

SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THUR

FRI

SAT

January

       

Payday

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14 Payday

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28 Payday

29

30

February

31

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11 Payday

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25 Payday

26

27

March

28

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11 Payday

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25 Payday

26

27

April

28

29

30

31

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8 Payday

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22 Payday

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

1

May

2

3

4

5

6 Payday

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20 Payday

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

June

30

31

1

2

3 Payday

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17 Payday

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

July

27

28

29

30

1 Payday

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15 Payday

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29 Payday

30

31

August

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12 Payday

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26 Payday

27

28

September

29

30

31

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9 Payday

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23 Payday

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

1

2

October

3

4

5

6

7 Payday

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21 Payday

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

November

31

1

2

3

4 Payday

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18 Payday

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

December

28

29

30

1

2 Payday

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16 Payday

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30 Payday

31

 

 

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