Parliament has passed legislation, with effect from 4 November, to increase the income thresholds for accessing the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, from $61,284 to $90,000 for singles and from $98,054 to $144,000 combined for couples. If you are a couple separated by illness, respite car or prison, the bar (!) is higher, rising from $122,568 to $180,000.
The Card provides many benefits, including prescription medicines at concessional rates, the Medicare Safety Net Threshold available to Commonwealth concession card holders and bulk-billed GP appointments where available. It can also entitle holders to other concessions from state and local government authorities, including (check your local guides), rebates on energy bills, rates, free or reduced health care including ambulance, discounts on public transport and eligibility to drive particularly slowly for miles in the right-hand land with no shame.
You must be 67 or over (only 3,502 sleeps to go)