Latest News: Prepaid Card
A prepaid card is being introduced to members of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme providing more flexibility and choice for members in how they manage their $500 payment.
- Visit the prepaid card for members page for more information on the introduction of the prepaid card for members.
Businesses that provide goods and services in the approved merchant categories of travel, accommodation and fuel distribution may be able to accept the prepaid card.
- Visit the prepaid card for business page for more information on the approved merchant category codes, listing and information packs for businesses.
Jacana Energy and Power and Water Corporation will be listed to accept prepaid card allowing members to make payments with the prepaid card on their electricity and water accounts.
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.