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Section: 9.1

To qualify for the Age Pension, a person must satisfy the residential qualifications and have reached pension age.

The current qualifying age for a man is age 65, however, this is gradually being increased to age 67. The pension age for women is also being progressively increased from 60 years to 67 years.

The qualifying age for the Age Pension will be increased to age 67 for men and women from July 2023. The qualifying age will begin to increase from 65 to 67 commencing July 2017; the age will increase by six months every two years.

The dates of birth of women and the age they reach pension age is set out below.

Women born between ...

Pension age

Before 1 July 1935

60 

1 July 1935 and 31 December 1936

601/2

1 January 1937 and 30 June 1938

61 

1 July 1938 and 31 December 1939

611/2

1 January 1940 and 30 June 1941

62 

1 July 1941 and 31 December 1942

621/2

1 January 1943 and 30 June 1944

63 

1 July 1944 and 31 December 1945

631/2

1 January 1946 and 30 June 1947

64 

1 July 1947 and 31 December 1948

641/2

1 January 1949 and 31 June 1952

65 

1 July 1952 and 31 December 1953

651/2

1 January 1954 and 30 June 1955

66

1 July 1955 and 31 December 1956

661/2

1 January 1957 onwards

67

Women born before 1 January 1949 reach qualifying age at 64 and a half, and women born between 1 January 1949 and 30 June 1952 at age 65.

Australian resident

To qualify for the Age Pension a person must also be an Australian resident who:

  • has resided in Australia for a continuous period of at least 10 years, or
  • has resided in Australia for a total of over 10 years of which at least five years was continuous residence.

Certain people may have a qualifying residence exemption (including refugees or persons who arrived under a special humanitarian program). Residence in certain countries with which Australia has a reciprocal agreement may count towards Australian residency.

For example, a woman who is widowed in Australia and has 104 weeks continuous residence immediately prior to the claim may be eligible if her deceased partner was also an Australian resident.

Last modified: Tuesday, May 2, 2017