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

NT Seniors Recognition Scheme

FAQ - How do the two new schemes benefit me?

The NT Concession Scheme supports eligible pensioners with the cost of living in the Northern Territory.

This is a means-tested scheme aimed at providing assistance and support to those most in need.

The NT Seniors Recognition Scheme acknowledges and values the contribution seniors make to the Territory.

All senior Territorians 65 years and older are eligible for this scheme. All members of this scheme are entitled to a $500 payment per year for utilities and/or travel for use within the NT, interstate and overseas.

FAQ - Am I still eligible if I move away from the Northern Territory?

Membership of both schemes is available only to residents of the NT, as proven by an NT Drivers Licence, utilities invoice or alternative method as informed by the NT Concessions and Recognition Unit. You are not eligible if you move away, are not living at the registered address, or if the Northern Territory is not your primary place of residence.

It is important to notify the NT Concessions and Recognition Unit if your circumstances change to avoid penalty.

Under the new scheme, members will need to verify their details annually.

FAQ – How do I become a member of a new scheme?

Existing scheme members will be transitioned to the NT Concession Scheme. Members will continue to receive the concessions that were available as part of the previous scheme.

Members will need to confirm eligibility by 31 December, 2018 to continue to receive concessions. Once a member’s details are confirmed, a replacement card for the NT Concession Scheme will be provided.

Members who are also eligible for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme will receive a voucher or payment.

FAQ - Will my membership renew automatically?

Members will need to confirm eligibility by 31 December, 2018 to continue to receive concessions.

Members of the new schemes are required to confirm their details before 1 July each year.

This includes a declaration that members have lived in the Northern Territory for at least 183 days of the financial year.

NT Seniors Recognition Scheme members will be asked to nominate how they would like to use their payment when they complete the annual confirmation.

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.

FAQ - How long do I have to live in the NT to be a resident?

A Northern Territory resident is someone who lives in the Northern Territory for at least 183 days of the financial year. The days do not need to be consecutive.

Members who do not live in the Northern Territory for at least 183 days will not be entitled to scheme membership. They can reapply to the scheme if they return to the Northern Territory.

Previous members who reapply will need to meet the same eligibility requirements as a new applicant.

FAQ - Which scheme should I join?

The Northern Territory Concession Scheme (NTCS) 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 (NTSRS) recognises the valuable contribution seniors make to the Territory. All senior Territorians turning 65 years or older, are eligible for this scheme.

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