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Digital ID will soon be an option for Australians

Published 12 July 2024

Digital ID legislation has recently been passed by the Australian Government. Here’s what you should know.

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July indexation: Pension income and asset limits see small increase

Published 12 July 2024

The income and asset thresholds for the Age Pension, Carer Payment and the Disability Support Pension have increased slightly from the July indexation.

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NSW Budget: pensioners overlooked, but some good news

Published 24 June 2024

Pensioners have missed out on any targeted benefits in the NSW Budget, but investment in social housing is a plus for the community.

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The NACC has decided it won’t investigate Robodebt

Published 24 June 2024

The National Anti-Corruption Commission – known as the NACC – has announced that it will not look into referrals from the Robodebt Royal Commission.

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Scammers advertising fake Centrelink bonus for pensioners

Published 13 June 2024

Online grifters never seem to take a holiday...this time they’re advertising a $400 Centrelink payment for pensioners that doesn’t exist.

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Regional banks inquiry recommends a publicly owned bank

Published 6 June 2024

An inquiry into the closure of regional banks has made a range of recommendations to prevent regional areas from losing more services.

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NSW Budget: Why is NSW losing out on GST?

Published 30 May 2024

The NSW Budget is projected to have a nearly $12 billion hole in it from lost GST revenue. Meanwhile, WA is getting a payout.

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Deeming rates to remain frozen for another year

Published 20 May 2024

Deeming rates have been frozen since 2022, which will continue through to 2025.

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More Home Care Packages funded in 2024-25 Federal Budget

Published 20 May 2024

Home Care Packages are hard to come by, and the long waitlist is a common complaint. More funding has been announced, but is it enough?

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Energy rebate: Not much, but it’s a start

Published 16 May 2024

Every household in Australia will get a $300 energy rebate over the next financial year. Some people need it much more than others.

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Privacy preserving cameras? New research could help protect sensitive information

Published 10 May 2024

A privacy preserving camera might sound like a contradiction, but newly developed technology could make it a reality.

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Triple Zero: Optus outage prompts changes to emergency service line

Published 10 May 2024

A report into last year’s Optus outage has recommended a suite of changes to ensure that Triple Zero can still be reached during a network disruption.

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Long COVID: Light at the end of the tunnel for people with prolonged symptoms

Published 6 May 2024

A study of people with so-called ‘long COVID’ has found that immune system responses had largely returned to normal 2 years after infection.

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Rental affordability out of reach for many Australians

Published 1 May 2024

For a single person on the Age Pension, there are just 89 affordable rental properties across the country, making rental affordability a pipe dream.

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Is tax reform a solution to the housing crisis?

Published 1 May 2024

Negative gearing and capital gains tax reform has been proposed by some Members of the Senate. Will it help solve the housing crisis?

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New research into bushfire smoke looks at the risk to heart and lungs

Published 1 May 2024

Research from the University of Newcastle found that even small amounts of bushfire smoke can have large effects on our health.

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New measures are helping Australians avoid scams

Published 16 April 2024

The Government, regulators, community groups and the private sector are all working to help people avoid scams, but vigilance is still essential.

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Cold and flu season is nearly here, but when should you get your flu vaccine?

Published 11 April 2024

Are you up-to-date on vaccines? It’s something that many of us put off, but it’s time to start thinking about it.

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Should older people be expected to pay more for aged care?

Published 9 April 2024

Should older people pay more for aged care? The Aged Care Taskforce has recommended higher co-contributions instead of introducing a tax or levy to share the cost.

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A dark roof can drive up your energy bills

Published 4 April 2024

A house with a dark roof absorbs heat, which may cost $700 more per year to keep cool according to recent research.

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