Latest News: Changes to how water and sewerage concessions are paid to members in body corporate and retirement villages.
The NT Concession Scheme is improving access to concessions for members living in body corporate and retirement villages.
From January 2020, concessions on water and sewerage for members living in body corporate arrangements and retirement villages will be paid directly into member’s bank accounts twice a year removing the need for members to complete a manual reimbursement.
The first automatic payment is currently being processed and eligible members can expect to see the payment in their nominated bank account by the end of January 2020.
Prior to paying water and sewerage concessions to the member’s bank account, an automated property ownership check will be conducted against records held by Integrated Land Information System (ILIS). Members should make sure their banking details recorded with the Scheme are up to date and advise of any changes that may impact their eligibility to receive concessions.
Refer to the factsheet Changes to Water and Sewerage Concessions for further information.
About the Northern Territory Concession Scheme and Northern Territory Seniors Recognition Scheme
On 1 July 2018, the Northern Territory Government introduced the NT Concession Scheme (NTCS) and NT Seniors Recognition Scheme (NTSRS).
The NT Concession Scheme assists eligible Territorians with the cost of living. The NT Seniors Recognition Scheme recognises the valuable contribution of seniors in the Territory.
Become a member of the new schemes
Senior Territorians who will be 65 years or older this year, may be eligible for both schemes.
To be eligible for both schemes you must be a resident of the Northern Territory and an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.
The NT Concession Scheme is a means-tested scheme supporting eligible Territorians, with the cost of living. To be eligible for the NTCS residents must currently receive a commonwealth benefit including the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Parenting Payment (single) and some Department of Veterans’ Affairs benefits.
The NT Seniors Recognition Scheme acknowledges the valuable contribution seniors make to the NT. All senior Territorians 65 years or older, are eligible for this scheme.
NT residents can apply to become new members of the NT Concession Scheme and NT Seniors Recognition Scheme now.
The new scheme has new cards. The old cards will continue to work under the new scheme. A replacement card will be issued over time.
Optometrists and travel providers
Members of the NT Concession Scheme are eligible to receive a concession on spectacles every two years. Concessions can be provided directly by an approved optometrist at the time of purchase.
Members of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme can choose to use their payment of up to $500 each year towards the cost of travel in the NT, interstate or overseas. Annual travel vouchers can be redeemed at an approved travel provider when booking fares.
To become an approved vendor, eligible businesses are required to operate under a Code of Practice. These new arrangements promote best practice in service provision including providing value for money and operating in a way that promotes and maintains public confidence in the scheme.
Find out more
Information sessions and public displays will be held across the Territory to assist with the application process and confirm membership details.