The Northern Territory Government has reformed the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme, to make it fairer, more accessible, and sustainable.
The old scheme was outdated, unfair and open to fraud, which is unacceptable.
Some members were receiving much higher concessions than others, and many senior Territorians living in remote communities were unable to access the scheme at all. We needed to improve the accessibility and administrative arrangements for concessions, to make it fair for all members of the scheme, present and future.
Senior Territorians who will be 65 years or older this year, may be eligible for both schemes.
To be eligible for both schemes members must an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and be a Northern Territory resident.
Existing scheme members
More than 24 000 Territorians of the previous NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme were transitioned to the new schemes. Existing members were required to confirm their details by 31 December 2018 to remain eligible for the new schemes.
Members of the existing scheme who joined before 8 November, 2017 will be grandfathered into the new NT Concession Scheme (NTCS).
Members of the NT Concession Scheme (NTCS) and NT Seniors Recognition Scheme (NTSRS) are required to confirm their details each year.