Seniors Recognition Scheme

About the NT Concession Scheme

We have listened and we are supporting those who need it most.

The new Northern Territory Concession Scheme is a means-tested scheme to provide assistance and support with the cost of living to those most in need.

From 1 July 2018, the reformed revised scheme will:

  • improve access and fairness for its current members, and new members into the future
  • support eligible pensioners, including recipients of the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, some Department of Veteran Affairs benefits*, Carer Payment and Parenting Payment (Singles).

    *Benefits include the Repatriation Health Card TPI/War Widow/Widower(Gold Card),Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Card (Orange Card), Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (Blue Card), Department of Veterans Affairs Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

To access the NT Concession Scheme, you must be an eligible Commonwealth pension recipient.

The Northern Territory Concession Scheme will operate the same as the current scheme and include the same concessions but with capped amounts for electricity and water concessions.

The eight nominated concessions are:

  • electricity
  • water
  • sewerage
  • property rates
  • garbage
  • motor vehicle registration
  • drivers license
  • spectacles

If you are a current eligible member of the NT Pensioner and Concession Scheme, you will be grandfathered into the new NT Concession Scheme. Grandfathering honours the previous level of commitment that former governments have made to scheme members.

Members of the Northern Territory Concession Scheme who are 65 years of age or over are also eligible to be members of the Seniors Recognition Scheme.

The travel concession will be available via the Seniors Recognition Scheme.

FACTSHEET: NT Concessions Scheme

The reforms

The reforms are intended to make the distribution of concessions as fair as possible for all Territorians, while maintaining the most benefits for all.