NT seniors concessions overhaul
The Northern Territory Government has commenced action to review all aspects of the NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme with the launch of public consultations.
Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield said the Government increased funding for the Scheme by $2.1 million in Budget 2017.
“The current Scheme is open to exploitation, expensive to manage and unfair to many – that is why it needs to be reviewed,” Ms Wakefield said.
“There is a significant disparity between the highest and lowest users of the Scheme, with the top 100 users claiming, on average, more than $6,500 in concessions. The middle point claimed is under $1,300 so the balance is not right or fair.
“The Scheme has also disadvantaged people that don’t own their own home or who live in rural and remote areas.
“We want to create a scheme that is fairer, more flexible and that can suit a range of different circumstances.”
Mr Wakefield said Government is also delivering on an election promise that all seniors 65 years or older will receive a minimum of $700 concession every two years.
The $700 minimum concession is specifically targeted at self-funded retirees who were previously excluded from the scheme. Pensioners are assessed differently and will receive more.
Territorians can have their say online, in person, by telephone or by post.
It is critical for seniors to make their views known to the Government about concessions at the Northern Territory Concessions Review webpage https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/concessions, and to attend public consultation sessions.
The Government has mooted that it intends to make significant meaningful changes to the current NT Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme.
Public consultation will close on 31 August 2017.
Comments on concessions can also be made to the Government by:
- telephone: 1800 777 704
- post: NT Concessions Review PO Box PO Box 40596 Casuarina NT 0811
Public consultation sessions will be held at the following locations:
Community Forum - Katherine
Wednesday 26 July 2017
11:00am - 12:00 noon
Katherine Seniors Citizens
Bernard Street, Katherine
Community Forum - Litchfield (to be confirmed)
Thursday 3 August 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Vietnam Veterans Hall
135 Bees Creek Rd
Bees Creek NT 0822
Community Forum - Palmerston
Wednesday 9 August 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Community Room 2
Palmerston Recreation Centre
11 The Boulevard, Palmerston.
Community Forum - Coomalie
Friday 11 August 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
Coomalie Council Chambers
Community Forum - Palmerston
Monday 14 August 2017
11:00am - 2:00pm
This is part of City of Palmerston's annual Seniors Forum.
Community Forum - Tennant Creek
Wednesday 23 August 2017
10:00am - 11:00am
Tennant Creek Seniors Citizens
49 Haddock St
Community Forum - Alice Springs
Thursday 24 August 2017
11.00am - 12.00 noon
50+ Community Centre
11 Wills Terrace, Todd Mall
19 July 2017.