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4.10.7.50 Historical income limits for CSHC

CSHC income limits

Until 1 January 1999, a CSHC was issued to all people of age pension or service pension age with income below the age pension cut-out point, but who failed to qualify for an age pension because of their assets (1.1.A.290) or residence (1.1.R.200) status.

Before 1 January 1999 the income limits for the CSHC were indexed quarterly. The additional amount for each dependent child (1.1.D.70) was $624.00 per year and was NOT indexed.

After 1 January 1999 the Age income test was replaced with an income test based on annual adjusted taxable income and the income limits no longer indexed. The additional amount for each dependent child remained at $624.00 per year.

In July 2000, the income limits for the CSHC were increased by 2.5% in response to the introduction of the GST. The additional amount for each dependent child also increased by 2.5% to $639.60 per year.

From 20 September 2014, the limits increased to $51,500 per year for singles, $82,400 per year for couples (combined incomes) and $51,500 each per year for couples separated by illness, respite care or partnered (partner in gaol). The additional amount for each dependent child did not increase and remained at $639.60.

From 20 September 2014 indexation resumed.

The following table shows the CSHC income limits applying from 1 July 1994 to 4 November 2022. Amounts shown are in dollars per year.

Date Single ($ p.a.) Partnered (1.1.P.85)

Couples

(Combined incomes) ($ p.a.)

Each member of an illness separated couple and, as at 1 July 2001, includes respite care couples and partnered (partner in gaol) couples ($ p.a.)
01/07/1994 19,151.60 31,917.60 18,839.60
20/09/1994 19,333.60 32,219.20 19,021.60
01/01/1995 No change - CPI too low
20/03/1995 19,567.60 32,614.40 19,255.60
01/07/1995 19,671.60 32,822.40 19,359.60
20/09/1995 20,181.20 33,675.20 19,869.20
01/01/1996 20,191.60 33,685.60 19,879.60
01/03/1996 20,540.00 34,268.00 20,228.00
01/09/1996 20,644.00 34,476.00 20,322.00
01/01/1997 20,841.60 34,798.40 20,529.60
01/01/1999 40,000.00 67,000.00 36,698.00
01/07/2000 41,000.00 68,676.00 37,615.00
01/07/2001 50,000.00 80,000.00 50,000.00
20/09/2014 51,500.00 82,400.00 51,500.00
20/09/2015 52,273.00 83,636.00 52,273.00
20/09/2016 52,796.00 84,472.00 52,796.00
20/09/2017 53,799.00 86,076.00 53,799.00
20/09/2018 54,929.00 87,884.00 54,929.00
20/09/2019 55,808.00 89,290.00 55,808.00
20/09/2020 55,808.00 89,290.00 55,808.00
20/09/2021 57,761.00 92,416.00 57,761.00
20/09/2022 61,284.00 98,054.00 61,284.00
04/11/2022 90,000.00 144,000.00 90,000.00

Note: Indexation of rates ceased on 1 January 2001. From 20 September 2014 indexation resumed.

Note: Increase on 4 November 2022 is due to 2022-23 Budget measure.

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

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