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Rates Concessions

Cost of Living Concession

On 14 May 2015, the State Government announced a new 'Cost of Living Concession' to replace the concessions formerly available, on Council rates, to pensioners, low-income earners and self-funded retirees holding a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

By changing regulations (in the Government Gazette of 14 May) the State Government has now formally abolished these concessions (of up to $190 for pensioners, and $100 for self-funded retirees) on Council rates.   The abolition takes effect from 1 July 2015.

However, this abolition was made with a promise to introduce, in law, a new 'Cost of Living Concession' of up to $200 annually for a wider range of recipients. 

You may be eligible to receive this concession if you:

  • Rent your accommodation and it is your principal place of residence; AND
  • Hold a Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card (EDA, TPI, War Widow or with 80 or more overall impairment points under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004); OR
  • Are in receipt of an eligible Centrelink allowance; OR
  • Are on a low income; OR
  • Hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; OR
  • Hold a Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card.

Application forms can be requested by calling the Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758 or by visiting