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

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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