Concessions in the Northern Territory

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

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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 Veteran Gold Card holders are usually eligible for concessions, but it is important to contact the organisation offering the concession to confirm your eligibility.

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Health concessions

Treatment Cards

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

Pharmaceutical benefits

The rates quoted are current from 20 March 2024.

PCC holders are eligible for medication under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at $7.70 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 visit their website or contact the scheme on 1300 136 588.

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, email hearing [at] or visit their website.


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 information 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.

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The NT Concession Scheme

The NT Concession Scheme provides concessions on a range of essential goods and services to help with living expenses, including:

  • council rates and garbage services
  • electricity
  • water and sewerage
  • NT driver licence and vehicle registration
  • spectacles

Concession caps and household limits may apply. 

To be eligible for the NT Concession Scheme, you must be a permanent resident of the NT and receive an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs benefit.

For more information about the NT Concession Scheme, how to become a member and available concessions refer to their website or phone 1800 777 704 .

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The NT Seniors Recognition Scheme

The NT Seniors Recognition Scheme provides eligible residents who are 65 years or older a $500 prepaid card each financial year to spend on:

  • travel and accommodation
  • fuel
  • phone and internet bills
  • utility bills – electricity, water, sewage and gas

You must be a member of the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme to access the concessions available.

For more information about the NT Seniors Recognition Scheme, how to become a member and available concessions refer to their website or phone 1800 777 704.

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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

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 visit the website or contact the Transport Subsidy Scheme Officer on (08) 8924 7229.

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Household Concessions

Australia Post

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


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 visit their website or contact Telstra on 1800 676 442.

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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 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 visit the Northern Territory Government website or contact the Seniors Card Office on 1800 441 489.

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Moving Interstate

If you have recently moved interstate, and not received a new concession or treatment card reflecting your state of residence, please contact us.  Some state government concessions require your card to match your state of residence.

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