Mature Age Allowance from 1994 to 2008, Mature Age Partner Allowance 1994 to 1995

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1994
March

Mature Age Allowance introduced

Mature Age Allowance (MAA) was introduced. To qualify a person had to be:

  • 60 years of age or over, but under age pension age
  • unemployed and registered with the CES for at least 12 months
  • in receipt of income support for at least the previous 12 months and
  • able to satisfy age pension residency requirements.

A partner of those who qualified for MAA could qualify for a Mature Age Partner Allowance (MAPA). MAA recipients not required to satisfy an activity test or remain registered with the CES. MAA and MAPA paid at Age Pension rates and subject to Age Pension income and assets tests. Pensioner concessions, earnings credits and pensioner tax rebates also available.

MAA and MAPA subject to a sunset clause preventing the lodging of new claims after 30 June 1996.

1995
July

MAPA closed

No new MAPA grants. Partners of MAA recipients eligible for PA.

1996
July

Changes to MAA:

  • sunset clause removed
  • requirement for 12 months CES registration removed
  • MAA subject to allowance income and assets tests rather than pension income and assets tests
  • applicants required to have been on JSA/NSA for nine months or on a non-activity tested payment, and have had no recent work experience (not employed for more than 20 hours per week for a total of 13 weeks in the previous 12 months) and
  • current MAA recipients at the time of these changes  continued on earlier conditions.

MAA recipients eligible to receive an advance payment of their allowance, from $250 to $1000, in certain situations. Allowance reduced over subsequent 6 to 12 months to allow repayment of advance payment.

1997
January

Advance payments restricted to amounts up to $500 and limited to one advance a year.

2000
July

GST compensation

Allowances rates for all recipients increased by four per cent as part of a package of measures to compensate for the impact of the introduction of the GST. Indexation provisions adjusted so that half of this increase was an advance on whatever rate increase occurred in March 2001, leaving an effective long-term increase of two per cent in the allowance rate.

2003

MAA closed

No new MAA grants. Those unable to apply for MAA eligible to apply for NSA instead. MAA to be phased out by 2008.

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