How the CPI rate affects your pension

Learn how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase affects your pension.

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On the first payday in January and July each year, we adjust your pension in line with the CPI. The CPI takes into account a range of factors as set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This includes the price of food, clothing, housing, health and transportation. Once the ABS releases the CPI figures, we can determine whether your pension is due for an increase.
We'll send you an email or letter from 21 December 2021 with your CPI update for January 2022.

If you have not been receiving your pension for the full six months before the CPI increase, you'll only receive a proportion of the increase in your pension. For more information, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

CPI Update for January 2022

January 2022 Calculations

CSS, PSS, MilitarySuper, DFRDB aged under 55

How the CPI pension adjustment is calculated:

(September 2021 CPI figure) – (March 2021 CPI figure) × 100  = Pension CPI increase
(March 2021 CPI figure)
Calculation for January 2022
(119.7-117.9) x 100


= 1.5%1

11.5% When rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent

Follow this link to the ABS website to see the consumer price index rates used in the calculation.


DFRDB aged over 55

How the CPI pension adjustment is calculated: 

(September 2021 CPI figure) – (March 2021 CPI figure) × 100
= Pension CPI increase
(March 2021 CPI figure)
∴ (119.7 - 117.9) x 100
= 1.52672

= 1.5%2

2 1.5% when rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent

Follow this link to the ABS website to see the consumer price index rates used in the calculation:

PBLCI increase calculation 

How the PBLCI pension adjustment is calculated: 

(September 2021 LCI figure) – (March 2021 LCI figure) × 100
= LCI increase
(March 2021 LCI figure)
∴ (119.6 - 117.9) x 100
= 1.4419

= 1.4%3

3 1.4% when rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent

Follow this link to the ABS website to see the PBLCI rates used in the calculation:

As CPI results in a higher value, the rate of 1.5% is used in the next step.

Calculating the indicative amount:

Increase the indicative amount of $22,572.53 by 1.5%.

$22,572.53 is the indicative amount substituted in July 2021.

($22,572.53 x 1.5%) = $22,911.12

Calculating the Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE):

The MTAWE is contained in Publication 6302.0 – Average Weekly Earnings. To get the annual rate we multiply the May 2021 MATAWE figure of $1,555.30 by 52.

$1,555.30 x 52 x 27.7%[3] = $22,402.54

[3]27.7% is set in the DFRDB legislation in section 98GA

Now compare the CPI indicative result of $22,911.12 of the calculation with the MTAWE result of $22,402.54. CPI of $22,911.12 is greater.

As CPI results in a higher increase, DFRDB/DFRB pensioners over the age of 55 will receive an increase of 1.5% for January 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my pension go down?

No, if the CPI falls or stays the same, your pension will not change.

Are there any other changes to my pension?

No, there are no changes to the amount or date we pay you each fortnight. Your pension will be paid as normal.

Is this connected to the recent tax changes?

No, this is not related to any recent tax changes. We review pensions twice per year in line with the CPI.

What can I do about my living costs?

My pension is classed as a DSB, will the tax withholding detailed in my CPI letter reflect this?

Yes, if your benefit is classed as a DSB, the tax withholding amount detailed in your letter will take this into account. 

I receive an adjusted tax withholding under the Douglas court decision, will my CPI letter reflect this?

The tax components in your CPI letter are the indexed unadjusted components. These indexed tax components are then used to calculate your withholding based on your situation in relation to the Douglas court decision. The tax withholding shown in your CPI letter will account for your adjustment.
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We know how hard it is to lose a loved one and at CSC we are committed to supporting our members’ families through this time. We’re listening to feedback from our customers and continually adapting and improving our processes to better support our members and their families.

Our dedicated Loss and Hardship Support team are a team of experts who are here to support the family and loved ones of our members when they pass away. Your next of kin will have a single case manager who will support them through every step from us being notified to paying out any applicable benefits.

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