Concession card for pensioners

The concession card available for pensioners in Australia is called the Pensioner Concession Card (PCC). The PCC provides a range of benefits and discounts to eligible pensioners. Here are some key points about the Pensioner Concession Card:

Eligibility: The PCC is generally available to individuals who receive specific government pensions and allowances, including:

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Parenting Payment (single) at the maximum basic rate

Benefits and discounts: The PCC provides access to various concessions and benefits, which may include:

  • Cheaper prescription medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Reduced-cost medical services, such as bulk-billed doctor visits
  • Discounts on essential services, including utilities (electricity, gas, and water)
  • Public transport concessions, such as discounted fares or free travel in certain areas
  • Reduced fees for government services, such as vehicle registration or driver’s licenses
  • Additional concessions offered by state or territory governments, such as discounts on council rates or vehicle registration fees

To access these benefits, you typically need to present your PCC when accessing services or making purchases.

Application: If you are eligible for a government pension or allowance, you will generally be automatically issued a Pensioner Concession Card. If you have not received one automatically, you can contact the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, depending on your circumstances, to inquire about the application process.

It’s important to note that eligibility criteria, benefits, and application processes may change over time. For the most up-to-date and accurate information about the Pensioner Concession Card, it is recommended to visit the official website of the Australian Government Department of Human Services or the relevant government department responsible for pension and concession matters.