We would like to thank Michael Freedman and Rehana Chowdry, Senior Solicitors, Victorian Legal Aid, for contributing this chapter through the Fitzroy Law Handbook Online. A particular thanks to the Fitzroy Legal Service for permission to reproduce this chapter here.

Note: Rates of pensions and allowances change regularly. Always check current rates with Centrelink.
On 1 July 2011, Centrelink and Medicare Australia were abolished as statutory authorities and integrated into the Department of Human Services. For ease of reference, this chapter will continue to refer to Centrelink).

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