Seniors in Newcastle now have a smarter way to apply for the Age Pension

Get and keep your pension with step-by-step guidance from Retirement Essentials.
Get and keep your pension with step-by-step guidance from Retirement Essentials.

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More than 700 people apply for the Age Pension every business day. In fact, there were 174,000 applicants for the Age Pension last year, with even more expected in the years to come. 

Until recently, getting access to the Age Pension has been a frustrating process for Australian retirees.

Those who apply for the Age Pension often experience a frustrating and difficult process, involving multiple visits to Centrelink and lots of waiting. The many application forms can be daunting, and many people struggle to complete the complicated questions.

This ‘old way’ of applying for the Aged Pension has been endured by pensioners for years. However, research shows some people find it so difficult they actually ‘give up’ and miss out entirely on their eligible pension entitlements – a bad outcome for a generation who’ve worked hard and deserve better.

The good news is that technology now makes it much easier for retiring seniors to apply for the Aged Pension.

The Retirement Essentials Aged Pension Application service uses a winning mix of new technology and good old-fashioned Aussie phone support to provide members with a much-needed alternative.

Everyday Seniors can now have more confidence in getting the aged pension – and it’s affordable.

Founder, Paul Rogan said Retirement Essentials helps people to understand what Age Pension payments they are due and takes a step-by-step approach to helping them get and keep their pensions. 

“I’ve been involved in retiree research for many years and most retirees worry about running out of money, or losing their independence.

“They are watching every penny and accessing good financial advice can be out of reach for many Australians in retirement,” he said.

A financial services executive with more than 40 years’ experience, Rogan believes that everyone, not just millionaires, deserve access to affordable financial services that help put them in control of their finances. “We want to give Australians a fair go when it comes to finances in retirement by making advice, guidance and information more affordable and accessible,” said Rogan.

The Retirement Essentials Age Pension service has been designed for seniors with seniors to make sure that it is straightforward. 

As a first step customers are encouraged to test their eligibility using the online calculator. The Age Pension Calculator is a free and anonymous online tool that allows people to submit age, asset and income data to quickly estimate Centrelink aged pension entitlements.  

Once someone knows they are eligible, the online application process simplifies (and explains) the hundreds of Centrelink forms and questions. Retirement Essentials even fill in the Centrelink forms for you.

They make sure that an applicant has everything they need and only have to visit Centrelink once. And throughout the process Age Pension specialists are just a phone call or email away. 

Mr Rogan says he has been blown away by the number of people already accessing the service. 

“We’re delighted to be the first seniors focused start up to partner with NSW Seniors Card and the State Government to offer their members a discount off our service.”

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said: “The NSW Government works hard to secure new and improved Seniors Card discounts with businesses like Retirement Essentials because we know every dollar counts, and we will continue to deliver deals that help seniors live well in their communities.  

There are more than 23,000 NSW Seniors Card members actively using their cards in the Newcastle and Port Macquarie area, and I encourage those eligible for this new deal to take advantage of the discounts on offer.

“Seniors in the Newcastle and Port Macquarie area are among 1.5 million NSW Seniors Card holders across the state that will have access to the discounted Retirement Essentials service, which helps people apply for the Age Pension more easily,” she said.

For more information about the service or to check your eligibility go to:  www.retirementessentials.com.au

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