When will you get your Pensioner Concession Card?

More than 90,000 concession cards will be reinstated to former part-pensioners this week.

Is your concession card in the mail?

More than 90,000 Pensioner Concession Cards (PCC) will be reinstated to former part-pensioners from this week.

The Turnbull Government made the decision to reinstate the card at the last budget to those who had lost access to the card as a result of reforms to the assets tests.

“The January reforms to the assets test were a crucial step in ensuring that our pension system remains sustainable and affordable for future generations,” Minister Christian Porter said.

“Those reforms increased the assets limits at the lower end, providing increased pension to people with lower levels of assets, whilst reducing the upper limits, meaning some part-pensioners with high levels of assets lost access to their part-pensions.

“As a consequence, those with higher levels of assets also lost their PCC and, as a consequence, lost access to a range of state/territory and local government and private sector benefits, such as discounted council rates or rail travel. The benefits of the card vary from state to state.

“In reinstating the PCC, the Turnbull Government is ensuring that these 90,000 former part-pensioners will be able to access those benefits again in the future.”

People who lost the card in January will automatically have one reissued and mailed out over the next two weeks.

For more information visit humanservices.gov.au

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    pisac1
    10th Oct 2017
    10:43am
    I have one question if someone can help. I am on work cover weekly payments of $619 per week I been on disability pension when they stopped paying me but gone back on work cover after my court case. My problem is that I am on twelve tablets a day and work cover pays only one. I just miss out by bit but I red somewhere if you where on disability pension the amount you can earn is bit hire but I was told that is not true
    invisible sock
    10th Oct 2017
    11:39am
    This link may help you.

    https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/disability-support-pension
    floss
    10th Oct 2017
    11:25am
    So if you do the correct thing and go without so as to have some super, most will not have their pension card returned, big deal P.M.you fool no one.We will remember this at the next election.
    mike
    10th Oct 2017
    11:39am
    We lost our PCC several months after January, as our assets were only a few dollars over the changes to the assets test, and as Liar Turnbull said those who lost their PCC as a result of the changes would have them reinstated. But now we find we do not. As we were only a few dollars over at the time. then we should come under the same umbrella as those that lost it on the day, AS THEIR ASSETS WERE, HIGHER THAN OURS, so why do we miss out. LIAR LIAR LIAR TURNBULL.
    boxer
    10th Oct 2017
    11:56am
    Yes Mike we are in the same boat, we lost our card in March at the time of re-assesment. So those who have a lot more money than us get it back and we don"t I found this to be very petty, the bit the concessions cost you would think they could pass it on to everyone
    Marlin
    10th Oct 2017
    12:29pm
    We are in the same position Mike. Lost a very meager part pension in March and therefore do not qualify for the health card as those who lost their part pension in January. Where is the fairness and justice!
    The chemist bills every month for both of us is a killer as are all the other bills that we were getting a little help with as concessions. We should have spent every penny and then we’d be doing fine, rather than watching our hard earned disappearing fast!
    TREBOR
    10th Oct 2017
    11:46am
    Pension for all, PCC for all, and taxed on all income, fringe benefits, and deemed income from assets at the current rate for PAYE.

    Never happen since that will kill the retirement plans in luxury of our politicians. One good reason to make public service a duty and not a benefit.
    Triss
    10th Oct 2017
    10:23pm
    Totally agree with you, Trebor.
    floss
    10th Oct 2017
    12:04pm
    The asset amount used to determent if you were over the asset test have been found to be incorrect but C.LINK will deny this and will not answer any correspondence on this matter so go ahead and but in a protest it is in your interest to do so.
    johnp
    10th Oct 2017
    12:08pm
    I agree with most here and esp Floss where they said "We will remember this at the next election."
    KSS
    10th Oct 2017
    12:26pm
    Seems wherever the line is drawn there will always be those who think they should be on the 'other' side of it.
    TREBOR
    10th Oct 2017
    3:27pm
    Aye - we be 'Er Majesty's Permanent and Loyal Opposition... we operate as a shadowy group outside of the political process, and use many roads to create meaningful difference...

    Sounds good anyway.... better than The Loyal Order of Toe-Cutters ... or The Guild of Soul-less Economic Assassins.......
    Nerk
    10th Oct 2017
    12:48pm
    Someone in the government has worked out that by cutting the pension in the first place will force ex pensioners to spend their reserves meaning that in the long run they will have more people getting on the pension, good on you TurdBall.
    Captain
    11th Oct 2017
    7:23pm
    The new asset test was part of the 2014 horror budget introduced by our then Treasurer, Joey Hockey backed by his PM, Tony Abbott.

    Turnbull was the then Minister for Telecommunications who emasculated our NBN.
    billie
    10th Oct 2017
    2:23pm
    I guess I should be happy to receive the p.c.c.but having been self funded for 21 years out of 24 years I think it is time for all self funded retirees to at least receive one, after all it is peanuts compared with the "pollies perks".
    mike
    10th Oct 2017
    3:19pm
    One further blow, we are homeowners in a small country town, and unlike our city cousins living in a multimillion home, our modest country cottage would be worth $250000 at most, so we dont have the option to downsize, so losing the part pension AND the PCC is a double blow. Where is the fairness, Mr Turnbull.
    Bazza13
    10th Oct 2017
    3:27pm
    To Mike, even though you lost your pension card because your assetts were over the threshold you may be entitled to a Health Card if your income is below the income theshold, this card will give you concessions similar to the pension card. Look on the Centrelink website

    https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/commonwealth-seniors-health-card
    Old Man
    10th Oct 2017
    3:49pm
    I would have thought that giving 90,000 pensioners a Discount Card should be a positive. It shows that someone in the government may be listening. It seems that those who prefer Labor are never happy. To paraphrase the late, great Jack Gibson, "This mob would boo Santa Claus!".
    floss
    11th Oct 2017
    8:08am
    Old Man you forgot the Red under the Bed furphy you are living in the past.For your information I will not be voting for any of the two major parties especially the lying Libs.
    Poppa
    11th Oct 2017
    11:10am
    Can someone tell me if the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and Low Income Health Care Card are the same?? I was issued with the CSHC after being taken off the Aged Pension.I had to apply for it though through Centrelink.Confused
    Captain
    11th Oct 2017
    7:47pm
    Poppa,

    The CSHC Card gives you cheaper medicInes basically and the LIHC card will get you concessions on medicines, gas, electricity, phone, water and vehicle registration depending on which State you live in.
    Poppa
    12th Oct 2017
    12:16pm
    Thanks Captain for the info.However does this now mean that I wont get the PCC as stated by YLC. Seems to be conflicting when you read the info above...Poppa
    Captain
    12th Oct 2017
    4:13pm
    Poppa, to receive the PCC you need to receive an Age Pension or to have been in receipt of a pension or part pension as at 01/01/2017.

    If you had an age pension on that date, and you retained the pension you should be able to receive the benefits by notifying the Utilities concerned and your Council. They should then automatically apply the discounts (the benefits vary according to which State you are in).

    If you lost your pension on that date due to the revised Asset Test, you should receive the PCC back and then contact the relevant bodies to reinstate the benefits.

    If you were not in receipt of a pension on that date or you lost your pension in the March 2017 review, you will not receive the PCC.

    If anyone can provide more info or if I am wrong in the explanation please advise. Hope this helps Poppa.
    Nerk
    12th Oct 2017
    4:30pm
    Er I would like to apologise for calling Turnball--Turdball but I won't.
    Abbie
    18th Oct 2017
    6:01pm
    I will be 65 1/2 next year I think it sucks that self funded retirees can not get a PCC. I am just over the cut off, I got $650,000 in assets. I got $500,000 in super most of which I put in myself. And I got $150,000 in cash.
    Why can't the government give everyone a PCC.
    I think this is so unfair.
    What do others think?
    Poppa
    23rd Oct 2017
    1:53pm
    Thanks again Captain for your info.I lost my PCC in January but to this date I have not received my reinstated PCC as per the Media Release of 9/10/2017 by the Minister for Human Services and the Minister for Social Services.Has anyone out there received theirs yet.??
    Poppa
    23rd Oct 2017
    8:04pm
    I went to Centrelink today to enquire about the PCC return. Centrelink advised only those who lost the PCC on 1/1/17 will get the PCC returned.On asking what happens to all the other Pensioners who lost their PCC after 1/1/17. Centrelink does not know.So where do we go from here ??.I lost mine on 23/2/2017.Is anyone in the same boat??.


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