Reform of the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme


The Northern Territory Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme is being reformed.
The scheme had become inequitable, open to misuse and complicated to administer.


The Northern Territory Government undertook extensive consultation on how the scheme could be improved to make it fair, efficient and administratively robust.


Two new schemes


In response to feedback from more than 10,000 Territorians, and from a variety of consultation activities, the government has developed two new schemes to replace the existing single scheme – the Northern Territory Concession Scheme and the Seniors Recognition Scheme.


The two schemes will be introduced from 1 July 2018, and no changes will affect existing members until that date.
The NT Concession Scheme will continue to support eligible pensioners, including aged pension recipients, with the cost of living.


The Seniors Recognition Scheme recognises the valuable contribution that seniors continue to make to the Northern Territory. It will give all senior Territorians 65 years and over, $500 a year in concessions. This is more than the government's election commitment of $350 a year for seniors.


Any Territorian 65 years of age and over may be eligible for both schemes.



Read the brochure about the new schemes

Which scheme are you eligible for?

On 1 July 2018, the existing Northern Territory Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme will become the Northern Territory Concession Scheme. This is a means-tested scheme to support eligible pensioners, including aged pension recipients, with the cost of living. The Seniors Recognition Scheme recognises the valuable contribution that seniors continue to make to the Northern Territory. All senior Territorians 65 years and over will be eligible for this scheme.

If you are 65 years and over, you may be eligible for both schemes. 

The new NT Concession Scheme and the Seniors Recognition Scheme are the most generous schemes of their type in Australia.

Under the new scheme, at what age am I classified as a senior?

Men and women in the NT become eligible for the Seniors Recognition Scheme at 65 years of age.
You can be eligible for both schemes. NT Concession Scheme and Seniors Recognition Scheme.