CSHC income thresholds increase effective 4 Nov 2022

Legislation* increasing the income limits for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) has passed and received Royal Assent, which means the new income limits will be effective from 4 November 2022.

Family situation                   Income limits             Income limits
20/9/22 to 3/11/22       4/11/22 to 19/9/23     

Single                                                  $61,284                        $90,000
Couple (combined)                          $98,054                       $144,000
Couple (illness separated)             $122,568                      $180,000
For each additional child               $639.60                        $639.60

The government estimates that approximately 50,000 additional older Australians will be eligible for the card.

Both the legislated increase in income limits, plus frozen deeming rates of 0.25% and 2.25% that apply to deemed account based pensions, will assist more clients to be eligible for the card.

For further information on how to apply for the card, see How to claim on Services Australia.

*Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Lifting the Income Limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) Act 2022