THE TWO SCHEMES

Two new schemes for Northern Territory residents that support eligible pensioners, including aged pension recipients, with the cost of living and recognise the valuable contribution seniors continue to make to the Northern Territory.

 

NT CONCESSION SCHEME

A means-tested scheme supporting eligible Territorians with the cost of living.

NT SENIORS RECOGNITION SCHEME

Recognising the valuable contribution senior Territorians make to the Northern Territory. All senior Territorians 65 years or older, are eligible for this scheme

FAQ - How does the change affect members who joined before 2014

Members who entered the existing scheme before 2014 as a senior (age based eligibility) will be grandfathered into the new scheme. This membership will only end if members are no longer a NT resident.

Grandfathering allows members to continue to receive existing concessions (with introduced caps to electricity and water).

The travel payment available as part of the existing scheme will move to the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme and will be available each financial year to members of the scheme.

Grandfathered members whose circumstances have not changed since 8 November, 2017 will remain eligible. They must:

  • continue to live in the Northern Territory for at least 183 days
  • continue to receive the same Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs benefits they were receiving on 8 November, 2017.