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Hon. Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

Hon. Mal Brough MP

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

06 September, 2006

Joint Media Release

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3.9 Million Australians To Receive Increases

Around 3.9 million Australians will receive an increase in their pensions, allowances and supplementary

payments following the 2.5 per cent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the six months to June 2006.

The Minister for Families and Community Services, Mal Brough, and the Minister for Employment and

Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, today announced the newly adjusted rates, which will come into effect on

20 September.

"Every six months on 20 March and 20 September, rates of various adult pensions, allowances and payments,

such as Rent Assistance, are indexed in line with the latest CPI increases," Mr Brough said.

"As a result, the maximum single rate of pension will rise by $12.40 to $512.10 a fortnight, and the maximum

partnered pension rate will rise by $10.50 to $427.70 a fortnight."

Generally, the eligible income limits for these payments will also rise, along with the income limits for the Low

Income Health Care Card.

Since the Howard Government legislated for pension rates to be linked to both the CPI and Male Total Average

Weekly Earnings (MTAWE), pension rates have increased by $56.80 more a fortnight for singles and $47.90

extra a fortnight for each partnered person. Had this not applied, pension rates would now be at $455.30 a

fortnight, compared to the September 20 rate of $512.10.

"Over two million people in receipt of payments, such as Age Pension, Carer Payment, Special Benefit, Maternity

Payment, Maternity Immunisation Allowance and Utilities Allowance, will benefit from the increase which will

help them with their everyday expenses.

"A further 1.9 million people in receipt of entitlements such as Disability Support Pension, Newstart Allowance

and Parenting Payment will also receive rate increases," Mr Andrews said.

A table detailing the increases is attached.

For further information contact:

Sarah Casey, Minister Andrews 02 6277 7320

Suzanne Ferguson, Minister Brough 02 6277 7560