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Factsheet CON07 - Concessions in the Northern Territory

Purpose

This Factsheet is about concessions available to DVA clients in the Northern Territory (NT).

Who is eligible for concessions?

The organisation that offers the product or service, e.g. your local council, decides what sort of concession is offered and to whom it is offered.  DVA Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) and Gold Card holders are usually eligible for concessions, but it is important to contact the organisation offering the concession to confirm your eligibility.

Health concessions

Treatment Cards

If you have a DVA treatment card (Gold or White Card) you should always use this card for medical, hospital, pharmaceutical and allied health services.

Pharmaceutical benefits

PCC holders are eligible for medication under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at $6.50 per prescription. Your pharmacist can tell you which medicines are listed under the scheme.  Premiums charged by manufacturers may apply to some alternative brands/medicines.  Once you have spent the PBS Safety Net threshold amount on PBS medicines, you will receive free PBS medicines for the rest of the year.

National Diabetes Services Scheme

You can receive a range of Australian Government approved products at a reduced price.  For more information contact the scheme on 1300 136 588 or visit their website at: www.ndss.com.au

Hearing services

The Office of Hearing Services provides vouchers which enable you to get hearing assessments and devices from hearing service providers of your choice.  This includes the cost of fitting the device. For more information contact the Office of Hearing Services on 1800 500 726, or email hearing@health.gov.au or visit their website at: www.hearingservices.gov.au.

Ambulance

St John Ambulance Australia provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services to the community. PCC holders of an NT Pensioner Concession Card may be eligible for free emergency ambulance transport.  For more infromation contact the Darwin office on (08) 8922 6200. In an emergency phone 000, otherwise contact St John Ambulance on 1300 ST JOHN (1300 78 5646) or visit their website at www.stjohnnt.org.au/.

The NT Concession Scheme (NTCS) and NT Seniors Recognition Scheme (NTSRS)

What is the NTCS?

The Northern Territory Concession Scheme (NTCS) provides financial subsidies to eligible carers and pensioners with the cost of living expenses.

To be eligible for the NTCS, you must be a permanent resident of the NT and hold one of the following cards:

  • Gold Card embossed with ‘TPI’ or ‘War Widow’;
  • Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Card (Orange Card)
  • Pensioner Concession Card;
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

You must be a member of the NTCS to access the concessions available.

For more information about the NTCS, how to become a member and available concessions phone 1800 777 704 or refer to their website at: https://ntconcessions.nt.gov.au/?q=members/nt-concessions-scheme

What is the NTSRS?

The Northern Territory Seniors Recognition Scheme (NTSRS) provides eligible residents who are 65 years or older an annual payment of $500 to use for domestic or international travel, electricity or water.

You must be a member of the NTSRS to access the concessions available.

For more information about the NTSRS, how to become a member and available concessions phone 1800 777 704 or refer to their website at:  https://ntconcessions.nt.gov.au/?q=members/nt-seniors-recognition-scheme

Transport Concessions

Public transport

PCC holders are entitled to concession fares on NT public transport.

Travel on the Territory’s urban public bus network is fully subsidised for Gold Card holders.  For more information contact Public Transport on (08) 8924 7666 or visit their website at https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling/public-buses/fares.

Northern Territory Transport Subsidy Scheme (NTTSS)

The NTTSS is for people with disabilities, or severe mobility restrictions, who depend on taxis for public transport and provides financial assistance of up to 50% of taxi fares.  For more information contact the Transport Subsidy Scheme Officer on (08) 8924 7229 or visit the website at https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling/.

Household Concessions

Australia Post

Australia Post offers a 40% discount on postage stamps, discounts on re-directing mail and deliver some items that aid the sight of people with a vision impairment free of charge, or at a discounted rate, for Gold, White and Orange card holders. For more information contact Australia Post on 13 76 78 or visit their website at www.auspost.com.au/.

Telstra

Telstra offer a number of concessions to PCC holders, including a discount on new telephone service connection fee and a reduction in your home line plan costs. For more information contact Telstra on 1800 676 442 or visit their website at www.telstra.com.au/home-phone/.

Vehicle Concessions

Motor Vehicle GST exemption

Once every 2 years or 40,000 km, eligible veterans are entitled to GST exemption on the purchase of a new car.  GST exemption is also available on spare parts necessary for the running of a motor car.  For more information refer to DVA Factsheet DP79 Supply of Cars and Car Parts GST Free.

NT Seniors Card

Any permanent NT resident 60 years of age or over may be eligible for the NT Seniors Card.  The Seniors Card is issued free and provides access to savings on a range of goods and services provided by participating businesses. For more information contact the Seniors Card Office on 1800 441 489 or visit the Northern Territory Government website at www.ntseniorscard.org.au.

More Information

DVA General Enquiries

Phone: 1800 555 254 *

Email: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au

DVA Website: www.dva.gov.au

Factsheet Website: www.dva.gov.au/factsheets

* Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this Factsheet is general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this Factsheet.  Where you are required to lodge a written claim for a benefit, you must take full responsibility for your decisions prior to the written claim being determined.  You should seek confirmation in writing of any oral advice you receive from DVA.

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6 November 2019