Social Security Payments for the Aged, People with Disabilities and Carers 1909 to 2010 - part 1

Chronology Index

Social Policy Group

Dale Daniels - Social Policy Group

Last updated 18 February 2011

This Chronology is issued electronically. It will be kept up-to-date online. The date of the latest update is noted clearly above.



List of Acronyms

The Aged and those with Disabilities

Old-Age Pension 1909 to 1947, Age Pension from 1947

Invalid Pension 1909 to 1991, Sheltered Employment Allowance 1967 to 1991, Rehabilitation Allowance 1983 to 1991, Disability Support Pension from 1991

Wives and Carers

Wife's Allowance 1943 to1972, Wife Pension from 1972

Handicapped Child's Allowance 1974 to 1987, Child Disability Allowance 1987 to 1999 and Carer Allowance from 1999

Table 1: Maximum Rates of Handicapped Child's Allowance, Child Disability Allowance and Carer Allowance, from 1974

Spouse Carer's Pension 1983 to 1985, Carer Pension 1985 to 1997, Carer Payment from 1997

Table 2: Numbers of Recipients of Selected Pensions, from 1910

Means Testing

The Means Test 1909 to 1961, the Merged Means Test 1961 to 1976, the Income Test 1976 to 1985, the Income and Assets Tests from 1985

Table 3: Maximum Rates of Pension, from 1909

Table 4: Pension Means Test Limits from 1909

Concessions and Allowances

Funeral Benefit 1943 to 1990

Pensioner Concessions from 1933

Commonwealth Seniors Health Card from 1994

Mobility Allowance from 1983

Supplementary Assistance 1958 to 1985, Rent Assistance from 1985

Table 5: Maximum Rates of Supplementary Allowance/Rent Assistance for Pensioners from 1958

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