Do you qualify for a Pensioner Concession Card?

Your partner may be eligible for concessions, even if they’re not on the pension.

Do you qualify for a Pensioner Concession Card?

Age pensioner Kim has received a Pensioner Concession Card with his partner’s name on it, even though she’s not on the Age Pension. He thinks it’s a mistake. Is it?

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Q. Kim
If the age pension concession card has the partner’s name showing on the card, is the partner also entitled to concessions?

A. Yes, this is the norm. Because you are assessed as a couple, your wife is also entitled to receive concessions on health services on PBS medication. Bulk billing and reduced rate medical appointments are at the discretion of the provider, as are many of the other concessions that you will be entitled to yourself.

Pensioner Concession Cards are issued by Centrelink to those receiving an Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment.

You may also be eligible for a Pensioner Concession Card if you are over 60 and have been receiving any of the following payments for at least nine months: Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Widow Allowance, Special Benefit, or Partner Allowance.

You may be able to retain your Pensioner Concession Card for up to 12 months if you stop receiving your Centrelink payment due to the commencement of paid employment.

As the holder of a Pensioner Concession Card, you are entitled to reduced-cost medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and various state and territory government concessions, such as reductions on property and water rates, energy bills, motor vehicle registration and public transport. State and territory governments and local councils offer different concessions.

Are you eligible for an Age Pension? Do you know your rights? The RetirePlanner™ tool has all the information you need.

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    Alexii
    21st Oct 2019
    11:30am
    I just wish my wife, whose name is on my card, could get a pensioner's Opal card as that would be great saving on the occasions when we travel to Sydney by train.
    Chris B T
    21st Oct 2019
    12:19pm
    Apply for Seniors Card for NSW if that is where you live or any other State or Territory through Centerlink.
    Being from another State other than NSW this is what we have Done before OAP.
    Once you have your Government Issued Seniors Card apply for OPAL Concession Card.
    Alexii
    21st Oct 2019
    2:08pm
    She's a bit too young for that, too.
    Mondo
    21st Oct 2019
    2:26pm
    Then maybe she qualifies for a student's travel concession card?
    Chris B T
    21st Oct 2019
    2:40pm
    Low Income Card through Centerlink.
    johnp
    21st Oct 2019
    11:36am
    Heading said ""Do you qualify for a Pensioner Concession Card?"" Following that, why wasnt the question then answered, such as asset and income limits etc ?? False heading !!
    hyperbole
    21st Oct 2019
    1:23pm
    You have to buy the book to find out when you click on the link!
    hyperbole
    21st Oct 2019
    1:23pm
    The "retire planner" link I mean.
    Greg
    21st Oct 2019
    6:21pm
    Or just read the Centrelink website - all the information is there in black and white.
    johnp
    21st Oct 2019
    9:09pm
    thanks Greg, will do


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