Centrelink Advice in Melbourne

At certain times in your life, you may face circumstances or situations that make it difficult to generate enough income to meet your needs. Unfortunately, events like losing your job or being made redundant are becoming more common.

Other situations, like having a disability that makes it hard to find or perform work, a large family with numerous mouths to feed, or losing your partner, can also be times when you may be in need of help.

  • Comprehensive Centrelink Guidance

  • Detailed Information on Services & Benefits

  • Assistance with Applications & Processes

  • Expert Support and Consultation

Empowering You with Support & Solutions!

We follow a structured approach, starting with understanding your needs, providing relevant information, guiding you through application processes, and offering continued support, ensuring a seamless Centrelink experience.

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Unlock Comprehensive Centrelink Benefits:
The Age Pension

The Age Pension aims to ensure individuals have sufficient income during retirement, providing fortnightly payments to assist with living costs if retirement savings fall below a specific level. Eligibility for the Age Pension is determined by several factors:

  • Age Requirement: The qualifying age, which depends on the individual's birth date, ranges from 65 to 67, with a phased increase from 2017 to 2023.
  • Wealth Level: An assessment of the individual’s current wealth level is conducted.
  • Marital Status: Whether the individual is single or part of a couple is considered.
  • Home Ownership: Whether the individual owns their home is also assessed.

Explore Centrelink with Ease!

Centrelink's allowances are designed to provide additional financial support to individuals whose assets and income are below a certain level and who are not eligible for the Age Pension. Eligibility for these allowances is determined by several factors: Special Requirements, Wealth Level, Marital and Home Ownership Status, Assets and Income Tests, Deeming, and Waiting Period.

How am I assessed?

Once an individual reaches the qualifying age for the Age Pension, their wealth, including assets and income, is assessed to determine eligibility. There are two primary tests applied:

The Assets Test: The value of an individual's assets must be below a certain level to qualify for a full pension. If assets are above an upper level, no payment is received, while assets falling between two levels qualify for a part pension. Special gifting rules apply to prevent people from transferring assets to increase Centrelink benefits.

The Income Test: Similar to the assets test, an individual's income must be below a certain level for a full pension and between two levels for a part pension. For couples, incomes are combined for assessment. Deeming rules apply to financial investments, using an assumed rate of income rather than actual income received.

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Client Testimonials

Vicks Naidoo
Vicks Naidoo
08:44 12 Feb 24
The discussion was very professional. Provided the status of the investments with increase in principal amounts. Provided assurance that assistance was available at all time and investments were reviewed periodically to ensure continuous growth of the principal amount.
Peter Stewart
Peter Stewart
04:29 06 Jan 24
I’ve been using FFP for a number of years. Completely satisfied with their support, advice, & recommendations for my finances. Richard is always great to work with. Highly recommended without any hesitation!!!!!!
Angela Meinke
Angela Meinke
04:19 06 Jan 24
I’ve been a happy customer for a number of years of Freedom Financial Planning with Richard Unmack providing me with professional advice and a friendly and when needed “plain English” explanation.Richard has helped me to set myself up for the future and get my affairs in order. I particularly appreciate the sound advice and quick responses, especially during key/critical decision making times.I believe that Richard has a good understanding of my needs, priorities and principals/values and that he really listens to what I am trying to achieve and that this enables him to provide great, independent advice to enable me to do that.He has been great to work with and making the decision to engage Freedom has really helped set me up for the future and to ease any of my worries.
Nelson Herrok
Nelson Herrok
23:39 01 Dec 23
Great assistance, friendly and knowledgeable advice in regards to our financial needs. Thanks Mark ‼️
Viv Schembri
Viv Schembri
06:57 30 Nov 23
Lee Jackson has been my Financial advisor for many years. He is always professional, friendly and knowledgeable securing A Comfortable Future for me and my family,
Robyn Simpson
Robyn Simpson
06:01 30 Nov 23
I have been with Freedom Financial for a number of years now. It was recommended by a friend who had enjoyed very reliable service for many years.Since becoming a client, I have enjoyed advice whenever I needed it. While I was working part time, I needed to engaged regularly with Centrelink to advise changes of salary. It was very taxing to spend so much time on the phone. Freedom took over the Centrelink involvement entirely. The fees were worth that alone!! My Superannuation and finances became more manageable and I was better off as a result of suggestions made to me. More recently, I have inherited funds and had significant help with investment and more broadly Retirement Village living.Most importantly to me, I have always found them to be scrupulously honest and I could not recommend them more highly.Specifically, I have dealt with Mark Struik, but Stephanie is now my friend’s Adviser and she has always been more than delighted.
Dot Ng
Dot Ng
05:39 30 Nov 23
Best financial advisors! Been helping me over many years. And real people handling and caring for my financial and emotional well being. Highly recommended!
Denise Martin
Denise Martin
05:36 13 Jul 23
I can't recommend Freedom Financial Planning highly enough. My husband and I have been with them for over 20 years and Mark Struik and Stephanie Mitchell (and their support staff) have always given us the most professional, friendly and accurate service and advice; always going that extra mile to achieve our required outcomes.
Valerie Paezold
Valerie Paezold
13:33 12 Jul 23
Thank you to all at Financial Planning for putting on a great evening. The Presentation, food and the movie were excellent!
Denise Martin
Denise Martin
09:35 23 Apr 23
Fabulously efficient and friendly service. Mark and Stephanie are so personable and they always have our best financial future at heart. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone for sound, professional and reliable advice.
Hudley Rana
Hudley Rana
01:25 17 Apr 23
We have been with Ryan since February 2016. His genuine caring advice, holistic in nature, keeping in mind our ongoing changes with respect to family, health and careers have enabled us to retire with confidence. Thank you Ryan and the Financial Freedom Planning Team. Hudley Rana
Angela Forgan
Angela Forgan
07:00 14 Apr 23
Have received excellent, sound advice from FFP for many years. Would not have been able to make some serious financial decisions without their support and guidance. Have recommended FFP to other friends who have also used their services very happily over a number of years.
Robert Macdonald
Robert Macdonald
09:09 12 Apr 23
We were with another company for many years, and never had any contact with them, and they charged so much and did little. Freedom was recommended to us, and after 5 years of ongoing easy to understand friendly meetings, the results are very pleasing.
dorothy nathan
dorothy nathan
02:48 07 Apr 23
over the years we have found freedom financial very obliging & helpful in connection with our financial arrangements & have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Maurice Aspinall
Maurice Aspinall
05:48 06 Apr 23
The service we received was friendly, Courteous and explained in great detail, well done to you all, keep up the great work.
John Mitsios
John Mitsios
06:12 05 Apr 23
I have been with Freedom Financial Planning for many many years and have found Mark to be excellent in sharing his advice and financial planning knowledge. I have full faith and trust in the advice provided by Mark and he has not let me down.
ian macdowall
ian macdowall
09:05 04 Apr 23
Thanks Mark and the team at Freedom Financial, your expert advice has helped my Super grow faster than i would have thought and the tips and information provided throughout the year is most appreciated.
Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis
00:59 04 Apr 23
My wife and I have been customers of Freedom for many years.We have always been extremely happy with the professionalism and have built a relation of trust with Ryan our main contact.
Alan Day
Alan Day
23:08 03 Apr 23
We've been using FFP for a few years now. We can't recommend their services highly enough. Very easy to speak to for our financial requirements.
George Sutherland
George Sutherland
09:13 03 Apr 23
We have been clients for many years and have had courteous valuable advice for all that time, Our initial involvement involved establishment of financial plans for an elderly relative requiring care and estate planning. We then engaged to establish a financial plan for ourselves and are now able to enjoy our retirement by implementing those plans. We have encouraged others to also engage with Freedom Financial Planning and each of them has achieved similar effective resultsGeorge and Carol Sutherland
Robin Bray
Robin Bray
08:28 03 Apr 23
My wife and I have used the services of Freedom Financial Planning for a number of years and have been thoroughly satisfied with their performance. The staff are always friendly and welcoming and provide sound financial planning advice and assistance.
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke
08:01 03 Apr 23
Have used FFP for many years and will continue to do so. They have provided a great service, which is personally tailored to your needs.Highly recommended
Andrew Struik
Andrew Struik
07:30 03 Apr 23
I have been very happy with FFP and also their associated mortgage service. Both have been very responsive to any requests, and have shown initiative in making suggestions on how they can do better for me.
Janette Bradley
Janette Bradley
05:14 21 Feb 23
I have a very good relationship with all of the advisors, and their staff. They are very helpful, and I trust them, they feel like good friends. I would recommend them to others, with no hesitation.
Derek Griff
Derek Griff
01:27 21 Feb 23
Freedom have managed my Super Fund over many years and provided sound advice throughout, with regular market correspondence and detailed reports including any sudden changes to the market or government conditions that they considered relevant to my portfolio.For the most part, Kate has been my personal financial planner. Kate has arranged regular one on one meetings with me or impromptu meetings at my request to clarify, explain or make changes to my portfolio depending on market conditions or at my requests.Kate has been a trusted, professional financial adviser to me personally and always made herself available at any time. On the rare occasion when Kate has been unavailable for personal reasons, there has always been another financial planner made available immediately. I can’t speak highly enough of Kate and her willingness to make sure that I receive the best support, understand market information, provide logical advice with a way forward and this is all managed with a minimum of fuss.Derek
Rod Bartlett
Rod Bartlett
07:14 01 Feb 23
lee jackson has been my advisor for years he is very well informed and professional he more of friend than advisor i would highly recommend him also shaun the mortgage broker who set up my bridging loan and morgage also was highly profession and who i drove mad unfortunatly i believe either of them are essendon supporters
Dawn Hatcher
Dawn Hatcher
05:42 01 Feb 23
I have been with them for over 5 years and they have been exceptional in providing assistance in all my financial matters.
Matt Wood-Collins
Matt Wood-Collins
01:44 01 Feb 23
I've been delighted to work with Stephanie Mitchell and the team at Freedom Financial Planning on both life insurance and investments. Stephanie has always been diligent, patient, well-informed and professional. I'm confident my finances are in good hands.
Kayla Jade
Kayla Jade
04:18 31 Jan 23
Working with Lee was the best financial decision we’ve ever made. Freedom has been an absolute fantastic company to work with! Continued communication and support! Thank you 😊
The team at Freedom Financial Planning in Mount Waverley are the best at what they do.I Anthony (Jack) Poletko have been dealing with Lee Jackson for a number of years now and he is good at what he does,If i have ever had a problem with my superannuation or need to know something financially,He will take the time to explain it and make sure i was good with it.He has not let me down once (super is doing great).Would highly recommend Lee Jackson to anyone for financial advise and have many times.Just last year both my wife and started looking at investment properties, Lee Jackson put us on to their finance broker Sean Lowe who has done an out standing job to get us into the market,He puts us onto an investment property broker, They have sources us a home to which it is in the process of being built,Sean has gone above and beyond in helping us get the loan and finance for our property.we previously had another broker who did not do anything of what Sean has done for us.Once again we would highly recommend his services to anyone and have done many times.Great Work Guys AAA ratting for customer service.jack & Jacky
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Navigating Your Way with Us

Embark on a seamless journey with our streamlined process to access Centrelink services. We guide you through every step, from exploring services to securing benefits, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Leverage our expertise and navigate Centrelink’s offerings with ease and confidence.

Introductory Meeting (No cost & obligation free)

The first step in our advice process is to arrange our introductory meeting. This meeting provides the opportunity to discuss your current situation and requirements, as well as your goals for the future. We can also explore how we may be able to help you.

Advice Preparation

Should you wish to engage our services, our work begins on reviewing and assessing alternative financial models and investment scenarios appropriate to your needs and circumstances. Fees occur from this step.

Strategy Development

Development of the detailed strategy and recommendations and preparation of your personalised plan (Statement of Advice document).

Advice Presentation Meeting

At this meeting we will present your tailored financial strategy and explain how our advice and recommendations will help you to achieve your goals and aspirations.

Implementation of Advice

Once you are comfortable with our advice and recommendations, the next step is to implement the detailed strategy as outlined in the Statement of Advice. We complete all of the required paperwork & process these.

Ongoing Advice and Regular Reviews

To ensure your financial strategy remains on track to meet your objectives (as they are subject to change over time), we will meet on a regular basis to review your situation and make any necessary adjustments that may be required.

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Choose us for our in-depth knowledge of Centrelink services, our commitment to providing accurate and timely information, and our dedication to assisting you every step of the way in securing your benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions About Centrelink

How can your services enhance my experience with Centrelink in Melbourne?

Our services are meticulously designed to simplify your interactions with Centrelink. We provide detailed insights, expert guidance, and support throughout the application process, ensuring you access the benefits and services you’re entitled to. By resolving enquiries and offering tailored solutions, we make your Centrelink experience seamless and efficient.

 

Can I receive personalised advice on Centrelink benefits and eligibility?

We offer personalised consultations to help you understand your eligibility and the Centrelink benefits available to you. Our experts provide clear, concise information, addressing your unique circumstances and needs, ensuring you can make informed decisions regarding Centrelink services.

How do you ensure the accuracy and reliability of Centrelink information provided?

We maintain close collaboration with the Australian Government and adhere to stringent guidelines to ensure that all information provided is accurate, up-to-date, and reliable. Our team continuously monitors changes in Centrelink policies, services, and eligibility criteria to deliver the most current and relevant information to you.

 

Is there support available for the various Centrelink services and applications?

We provide comprehensive support for a range of Centrelink services and applications. Whether you need assistance with understanding services, completing applications, or resolving issues, our team is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Can your services assist with resolving Centrelink payment issues?

Indeed, we specialise in assisting with all Centrelink payment-related concerns. Our experts will help you understand the payment structure, resolve any discrepancies, and ensure you receive the correct amount of benefits on time. We aim to alleviate any stress related to Centrelink payments, allowing you to focus on what matters most.

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