From 1 July 2018, there will be two schemes. The existing Northern Territory Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme will become the Northern Territory Concession Scheme. This scheme is about supporting eligible pensioners, including aged pension recipients, with the cost of living in the NT. This is a means-tested scheme aimed at providing assistance and support to those most in need.
The Seniors Recognition Scheme is about acknowledging and valuing the contribution that seniors make to the Territory, and all senior Territorians 65 years and over are eligible for this scheme. All members of this scheme will be entitled to a $500 concession per year for utilities and/or travel, which now includes intrastate travel (travel within the NT).
The NT Seniors Card is a separate initiative managed by COTA NT from February 2018, which is available for free to all Territorians 60 years and over. Free bus travel for all senior Territorians 60 years and over will continue.