Legislation to reinstate the Pension Concession Card has passed!
This measure restores access to concessions for older people who lost their pension after the 1 January 2017 reforms. This group will also keep their Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, which will maintain their current Commonwealth benefits. They will also continue to receive the Energy Supplement.
You do not have to do anything to receive your card as it will be mailed out to you starting 9 October 2017.
You can continue to use your Low Income Health Care Card until your reinstated Pension Concession Card (PCC) arrives.
With this card you will again be able to access:
- discounts and concessions offered by states, territories and private providers, and
- hearing services from the Department of Health.
The reinstatement of the PCC affects only those people who:
- had their age pension cancelled on 1 January 2017 due to changes to the pension assets test (if you moved out of the pension system because of other circumstances, such as an increase in your assets, you will not get the PCC); and
- received a non-income tested Low Income Health Care Card (LIC); and
- received a non-income tested Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).
It is estimated that this measure will see the PCC reinstated to around 92,300 former recipients, including 3600 Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment recipients.
More information on the Department of Human Services