How does CPI affect my pension?
CSS adjusts your pension for CPI on the first payday of January and July each year. CPI is determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which considers the price of food, clothing, housing, health, transportation and other factors.
Once the ABS releases the latest CPI figures, CSS determines if your pension will be increased. If CPI rises and exceeds the previous September to March figure, your pension is increased. If CPI falls or does not change, your pension is not increased.
Your pension will only increase proportionally if you did not receive your pension for the full six months prior to the most recent CPI increase.
Will CSS tell me about any increase?
Yes, you receive your Pension update each December and June covering:
- confirmation of any CPI increase for your pension
- information on changing your payment details, and
- other helpful tips and general advice for your pension.
Example of CPI calculation
The CPI figure for the September 2017 quarter was 111.4.
The CPI figure for the March 2017 quarter was 110.5.
Pension amounts increased by 0.8% on the first payday in January 2018 for pensioners who had received their pension for the entire six months prior to the increase.