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

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From 1 July 2018, two new schemes will be introduced, the NT Concession Scheme assisting eligible members with cost of living expenses and the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme valuing and recognising the contribution senior Territorians make to the community.

Senior Territorians who are 65 years and older are eligible for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme and will receive a $500 concession per year for utilities and/or travel.

NT Concession Scheme members may be eligible to receive concessions on expenses including:

  • spectacles
  • electricity
  • water
  • rates and garbage
  • NT Drivers’ Licence and motor vehicle registration.

Territorians who are 65 years and older are eligible for the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme and will receive a $500 payment each year to be used for travel, electricity and/or water.

Members who select travel will be issued with vouchers of up to $500 per year towards the cost of travel in the NT, interstate or overseas.

List of approved travel vendors

List of approved optical vendors

 

Ensuring transparency of the schemes

It’s important to recognise that an appropriate level of administrative oversight is essential to reassure the community that the new schemes are strong and robust.

To become an Approved Vendor businesses will need to:

  • apply online
  • agree to operate under a Code of Practice
  • be a registered business in the NT
  • hold appropriate registration and insurances
  • not be subject to any legal action.

New arrangements with vendors clearly document roles and responsibilities and incorporate regular checks and reporting requirements.

Compliance checking will be undertaken at point-of-sale and through routine independent audit processes.

These arrangements intend to promote best practice in service provision. This includes providing value for money products and services, following processes which promote and maintain public confidence in the scheme and result in a positive member experience.

Approved Vendor code of practice

The Approved Vendor Code of Practice and Terms and Conditions has been developed to ensure consistent service and protection of member rights when accessing concessions and redeeming travel vouchers at approved vendors.

The Code of Practice sets the standards expected from approved vendors who engage with members of the NTCS and NTSRS. The Code of Practice incorporates the following key areas:

  • integrity, ethics and conduct
  • value for money
  • quality services and products
  • complaints management process.

Applications

To become an Approved Vendor under the NT Concession Scheme and NT Seniors Recognition Scheme vendors must:

  • agree to operate under  a Code or Practice and in accordance with Terms and Conditions
  • be a registered business in the NT
  • hold appropriate registration/accreditation and insurances
  • not be subject to any legal action.

Approved vendors will receive an Approved Vendor information kit and have their business details published on the website.

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Optical

Eligible members of the NT Concession Scheme can access a concession on spectacles every two years. Concessions can be provided directly by an approved optometrist when a member purchases their glasses.

Spectacle concessions can be used for either: 

  • one pair of prescription reading glasses and one pair of distance glasses
  • or one pair of bifocal, multifocal or progressive glasses.

Concessions are also available to dependent children under 16 years who live with a member of the scheme.

The concession may cover some repairs plus other costs.

Approved optometrist concession provider

To become an approved optometrist concession provider under the NT Concession Scheme, vendors will need to:

  • apply online
  • agree to operate under a code of practice
  • be a registered business in the NT
  • hold appropriate registration and insurances
  • not be subject to any legal action.

Applications for optometrists to become approved vendors of the scheme will open in June 2018. All approved optometrist concession providers will be shared with scheme members and listed on the website.

Information sessions about the new approval process to become approved vendors under the scheme are being held in June.

Optical arrangements under the existing scheme

Existing agreements with optometrists under the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession scheme will end on 30 June, 2018.

From 1 July 2018, vendors will be required to be an approved optometrist under the new NTCS to offer a spectacle concession to eligible members and their dependants.

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Travel

Members of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme can choose to use their payment of up to $500 each year for travel. Travel vouchers will be issued annually and can be redeemed at an approved travel provider when booking fares.

Travel vouchers

Travel vouchers can be redeemed by members for travel overseas, interstate and within the Northern Territory.

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

Members can use this payment for travel, electricity and/or water. They can choose to use $500 on one category or $250 on two categories.

Members who choose to use the payment for travel will be provided with one or two (subject to the value they choose) $250 travel vouchers. Travel vouchers will be valid until 30 June each year and cannot accrue over multiple years.

Members can use two valid vouchers totaling $500 in one transaction to fund the cost of fares overseas, interstate and within the Northern Territory. Members can use a valid voucher totaling $250 each on two separate transactions.

Approved travel providers can check voucher validity and apply the voucher at point of sale through an automated system.

Approved travel providers

To become an approved travel provider under the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme, vendors will need to:

  • apply online
  • agree to operate under a code of conduct
  • be a registered business in the NT
  • hold appropriate registration and insurances
  • not be subject to any legal action.

Applications for travel providers to become approved vendors of the scheme will open in June 2018.

All approved travel providers will be shared with scheme members and listed on the website.

Information sessions about the new approval process to become approved vendors under the scheme are being held in June.

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