Concession Cards Explained

Concession Cards Explained

Concession cards explained

  • Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)
    • Eligible – anyone receiving age or disability pension and over 60’s who have received a Centrelink allowance payment for 9 mths
    • Benefits
      • Local Government - Up to 50% rebate or deferment of payment on council rates and 50% off dog licence fee.
      • Water Corporation - Up to 50% rebate or deferment of payment on water service charges and a 50% concession on water use charges
      • Power – (need PCC and SC to qualify) $227.14 energy assistance payment (replaces cost of living assistance payment), Discount on account establishment and meter testing fees and Air-conditioning subsidy for specific country towns
      • Department of Transport – Free driver’s licence (if on age pension), 50% off driver’s licence (in on a disability pension) and 50% off the licence component of vehicle registration fee.
      • Prescription discount – 60 prescriptions @ $6.20 each ($372 in the PBS safety net)
      • Medicare safety net – After $647.90 expended 80% refund applies
      • WA Spectacles subsidy - $52.40 rebate every 2 years
      • Transperth – Up to 60% discount on fares and free travel from 9am-3.30pm and 7pm-6am Mon-Fri. All day Sat/Sun and public holidays
      • Transwa – Up to 50% discount on country fares and one free trip every year.

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)
    • Eligible – Anyone over 65 who doesn’t get age pension because of means test, has taxable income test of less than $52273 for singles and $83636 for couples and those whose Account-based pension was purchased after 1st January 2015 and is counted in the income test under deeming rules
    • Benefits
      • Local Government – (need CSHC & SC to qualify) Up to 50% rebate on council rates.
      • Water Corporation - (need CSHC & SC to qualify) Up to 50% discount on water service charges.
      • Power – (need CSHC and SC to qualify) $227.14 energy assistance payment (and Air-conditioning subsidy for specific country towns.
      • Department of Transport – (need CSHC and SC to qualify) Free driver’s licence and 50% off the licence component of vehicle registration fee.
      • Prescription discount – 60 prescriptions @ $6.20 each ($372 in the PBS safety net)
      • Medicare safety net – After $647.90 expended 80% refund applies
      • WA Spectacles subsidy - $52.40 rebate every 2 years
      • Transperth – Up to 60% discount on fares and free travel from 9am-3.30pm and 7pm-6am Mon-Fri. All day Sat/Sun and public holidays
      • Transwa – Up to 50% discount on country fares.
      • Fisheries WA – 50% discount on recreational licence.
      • Entry fees – Discounts on a number of state parks and attractions.

  • State Seniors Card (SC)
    • Eligible – WA residents presently aged 61 or over who work less than 25 hours a week, averaged over a year
    • Benefits
      • Local Government - Up to 25% rebate on council rates, capped at $284
      • Water Corporation – Up to 25% discount, capped at $364
      • Power – Air-conditioning subsidy for specific country towns
      • Department of transport – 50% off drivers licence
      • WA Spectacles subsidy - $52.40 rebate every 2 years
      • Transperth – Up to 60% discount on fares and free travel from 9am-3.30pm and 7pm-6am Mon-Fri. All day Sat/Sun and public holidays
      • WA Government Royalties for regions scheme - $565 fuel card to country residents without public transport, who also hold a PCC, for fuel and taxi fares
      • Transwa – Up to 50% discount on country fares.
      • Fisheries WA – 50% discount on recreational licence.
      • Entry fees – Discounts on a number of state parks and attractions.

  • Health Care Card (HCC)
    • Eligible – Anyone receiving Centrelink income support payments, including allowances or singles who earn less than $536 a week gross/couples who earn less than $926 a week (combined), based on income over the eight weeks before claiming
    • Benefits
      • Power – $227.14 energy assistance payment, Discount on account establishment and meter testing fees and Air-conditioning subsidy for specific country towns
      • Prescription discount – 60 prescriptions @ $6.20 each ($372 in the PBS safety net)
      • Medicare safety net – After $647.90 expended 80% refund applies
      • Transperth – Up to 60% discount on fares
      • Transwa – Up to 50% discount on country fares.
      • Fisheries WA – 50% discount on recreational licence.
      • Entry fees – Discounts on a number of state parks and attractions

Source: Your money section of the West Australian – Monday May 23rd. Written by Tom Rollo and NC Bruining and Associates.

Note: Some of the above are subject to change


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