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Factsheet CON06 - Concessions in Tasmania

Purpose

This Factsheet is about concessions available to DVA clients in Tasmania.

Who is eligible for a concession?

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 $6.40 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 (TTY 1800 500 496) or visit their website at: www.health.gov.au/hear

Dental Services

PCC holders are eligible to receive subsidised dental services.  For more information, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/oralhealth.

Patient Travel Assistance Scheme

PCC holders are eligible for financial aid if you need to travel more than 50 kilometres one way to access dialysis or oncology services; or 75 kilometres one way to access specialist medical services.  Aid is only available if the services are not provided in your local area and the costs are not met by other organisations, such as the Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB), workers’ compensation, or DVA.  For more information, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/ptas.

*Note: - For travel relating to the treatment of accepted disabilities you should use your DVA treatment card (Gold card or White card).  For more information refer to DVA Factsheet HSV02 Entitlements under the Repatriation Transport Scheme.

Visual Aids

PCC holders are eligible for subsidies of 70 per cent on scheduled items, such as lenses, basic frame and extras, low vision aids, non-cosmetic contact lenses, prostheses and intra-ocular implants.  Conditions apply and there is a dollar limit per item. 

Gold Card holders and White Card holders eligible for treatment of eye disabilities through DVA and people with private health insurance are not eligible.  For more information contact the Department Health & Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.

Community Equipment Scheme (CES)

PCC holders may be eligible for this scheme, which provides equipment to help people with disabilities live independently and safely in the community.  You must have a long term or indefinite duration disability or require equipment as part of discharge from a hospital or residential care.  You will not be eligible if you receive equipment from other government funded programs or have received compensation in for the injury.  For more information contact the Department Health & Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au

Orthotics/prosthetics

A reduced contribution charge for orthotic and prosthetic services is provided to eligible PCC holders whose costs are not met by other organisations such as MAIB, Worker's Compensation or the Department of Veterans' Affairs. clients are charged for more advanced and specialised technology. For more information, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.

Lymphoedema

PCC holders may be eligible for financial aid if you need compression garments to help manage lymphoedema.  For more information visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.

Wigs

PCC holders may be eligible for financial aid to buy wigs for cancer and alopecia patients. Holders of a DVA Gold or White card should contact DVA on 133 254 to check their eligibility for provision of a wig. For more information consult your medical specialist or contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.

Enteral feeds and supplements

PCC holders who have serious medical conditions that affect their ability to meet nutritional requirements with normal food and drink may be eligible for tube feeds and oral nutrition supplements at subsidised cost.  The subsidised supplements are only available if you are not eligible for financial aid from any other government-funded program, including DVA.  For more information visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au

Continuous Positive Airways Pressure Program

PCC holders may be eligible for financial aid for people who have been clinically assessed as having a sleep-related breathing disorder which requires a continuous positive airways pressure machine.  For more information consult your medical specialist or contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 135 513 or visit their website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.

Transport Concessions

Public transport

PCC holders are entitled to a concession on normal public transport fares.   Holders of a DVA Gold Card embossed with ‘TPI’ or ‘EDA’ are entitled to free travel.  Registration with Metro Tasmania is required.  For more information contact Metro Tasmania on 132 201 or visit their website at: www.metrotas.com.au/tickets-and-fares/concessions

Spirit of Tasmania – Cabin Fares

PCC holders are entitled to a concession on cabin fares.  Limited berths are available per trip.  For more information contact Spirit of Tasmania on 1800 884 305 or visit their website at: www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/sailing-fares/fares-explained

Bass Strait Islands air travel concessions

A rebate of 50 per cent of the cost of one return trip to Northern Tasmania per financial year is available to residents of Bass Strait islands who are aged 65 or over and have a PCC.  For more information contact Passenger Transport on (03) 6166 3350 or visit the Department of Transport website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

Bruny Island ferry service concessions

PCC, Gold Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) holders are entitled to discounted fares. The card holder must be the driver of the vehicle. For more information contact Bruny Island Ferry on (03) 6272 2322 or visit their website at: www.brunyislandferry.com.au

Taxi Travel - Transport Access Scheme

PCC, Health Care Card and CSHC holders who have a permanent lifelong disability, are eligible to receive taxi subsidies under the Transport Access Scheme. DVA Gold Card holders are not accepted as they are issued for rebates on medical treatment only and are not income or asset tested.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513 or visit the Department of Transport website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

*Note: - For taxi travel relating to the treatment of accepted disabilities you should use your DVA treatment card (Gold card or White card).  For more information refer to DVA Factsheet HSV02 Entitlements under the Repatriation Transport Scheme.

Household Concessions

Australia Post

Australia Post will give discounts on re-directing mail for PCC holders who change their address and deliver some items that aid the sight impaired free of charge, or at a discounted rate, for PCC holders.  For more information contact Australia Post on 131 318.

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 132 200.

Electricity

PCC holders receive a rebate on electricity costs which is administered by Aurora Energy on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.  For more information contact Aurora Energy on 1300 132 003 or visit the Aurora Energy website at: www.auroraenergy.com.au

Life Support Electricity Discount

Aurora Energy provides an electricity discount to eligible customers who use an approved life support system, or live with someone who uses one.  For more information contact Aurora Energy on 1300 132 003 or visit the Aurora Energy website at: www.auroraenergy.com.au

Heating Allowance

Service Pensioners and Age Pensioners receiving the maximum rate of pension are eligible for a means tested allowance to help with heating costs for wood, oil, gas and electricity.  For more information contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1800 300 068 or visit their website at:
www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/service_information/services_files/heating_allowance

Rates

A 30 per cent reduction on local government rates and charges (capped at a maximum amount each year) is available to a pensioner who, on 1 July each year, holds a PCC or Gold Card inscribed with TPI or War Widow/Widower. For more information check with your local council or visit the concessions website at: www.concessions.tas.gov.au/

Vehicle Concessions

Drivers’ Licences

PCC, Health Care Card, Gold Card and White Card holders are eligible for a discount on their drivers’ licence fee.  There is no licence fee for people 65 and over, however there is a small charge if a photo is needed.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513 or visit the website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

Motor Vehicle Registration

PCC, Health Care Card, Gold Card and White Card holders are eligible for discounts on motor vehicle registration fees for motor vehicles under 4.5 tonnes, trailers (including caravans) and motorcycles.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513 or visit the website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

Motor Tax – 40% rebate

PCC, Health Care Card, Gold Card and White Card holders are eligible for a 40% rebate on motor tax for goods vehicles (such as utes and vans) under 4.5 tonnes that are not used for trade or business.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513 or visit the website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

Motor Tax – 100% rebate

Veterans receiving disability pension at the TPI rate are eligible for a 100% rebate on motor tax for a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass less than 4.5 tonnes which is not used for trade or business.  This concession only applies to one vehicle registered in the name of the eligible person.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513  or visit the website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au.

Motor vehicle registration compulsory third party insurance

PCC, Health Care Card, Gold Card and White Card holders are entitled to a concession on MAIB third party insurance for motor vehicles (other than motorcycles) under 4.5 tonnes.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513 or visit the website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

Motor Vehicle Duty

Veterans receiving disability pension at the TPI rate are entitled to a 100% exemption from duty on vehicle registration applications and transfers.  This concession only applies to one vehicle registered in the name of the eligible person.  For more information contact the Department of State Growth on 1300 135 513 or visit the website at: www.transport.tas.gov.au

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.

Other Concessions

Recreational Sea Fishing Licences

PCC holders are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on the licence application fee.  For more information contact the Recreational Fisheries Section on 1300 720 647 or visit their website at: www.fishing.tas.gov.au/licence

Recreational Angling Licence

PCC holders are entitled to a discount on angling licences.  For more information contact the Inland Fisheries Service on 1300 463 474 or visit their website at: www.ifs.tas.gov.au

Recreational Game Licence

PCC holders are entitled to a 20 per cent discount for recreational game licences for deer, wallaby, mutton-bird, pheasant, wild duck and brown quail.  For more information contact Game Licences on (03) 6165 4305 or the Department of Primary Industries and Water on 1300 368 550 or visit their website at: www.gamelicences.dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Firearm Fees

PCC holders are entitled to a 20 per cent rebate on fees.  For more information contact the Department of Police and Emergency Management on (03) 6173 2720 or visit their website at: www.police.tas.gov.au

TasTAFE

PCC holders are entitled to concessions on the normal tuition fees.  For more information contact TasTAFE on 1300 655 307 or visit their website at: www.tastafe.tas.edu.au

Adult Education Course Concession

PCC holders are entitled to concessions on fees for most Adult Education courses.  For more information contact Adult Education Tasmania on (03) 6165 5600 or visit their website at: www.adulteducation.linc.tas.gov.au

Wills

There is no charge for PCC holders where the Public Trustee is appointed sole executor.  For more information contact the Tasmania Public Trustee on 1800 068 784 or visit their website at: www.publictrustee.tas.gov.au/

Recreational Activities

Concessions are available for a number of parks and recreational sites throughout Tasmania.  Check with the provider to see if you are eligible for a concession.

More Information about Concessions

Tasmanian Seniors Card

The Tasmanian Seniors Card is issued free and provides access to savings on a range of goods and services provided by participating businesses.  For more information visit the Seniors Card website at: www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csrt/programs_and_services/seniors_card

Tasmanian Government Concession Guide

The Tasmanian Government publishes a concession guide that outlines the various concessions available to Tasmanian residents.  For more information visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet website at: www.dpac.tas.gov.au/department/tasmanian_government_concessions.

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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19 October 2018