Card issued from August 2012.
Card issued before August 2012.
You will get a Pensioner Concession Card if you receive any of the following income-support payments:
- Age Pension
- Bereavement Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (job seeker) if you are single, caring for a dependent child, and looking for work
- Parenting Payment (single)
You may also get a Pensioner Concession Card if you are aged over 60 and have been receiving other certain income-support payments for nine months or more.
A Pensioner Concession Card may also be given to you if you are receiving other income support payments and have a partial capacity to work because of a medical condition.
As a cardholder, you will pay less for prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. You may also be entitled to various concessions from the Australian Government.
In addition, you may receive various state- and territory-government concessions for reduced costs for property and water rates, energy and telephone bills, public transport fares, and vehicle registration.
The goods and services covered by a Pensioner Concession Card vary depending on which state or territory you live in.
You need to know
Eligibility for Pensioner Concession Card
Find out whether you are eligible to receive a Pensioner Concession Card.
Benefits of Pensioner Concession Card
A Pensioner Concession Card entitles you to reduced-cost medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Claiming Pensioner Concession Card
If you are receiving an eligible Centrelink payment, you automatically receive a Pensioner Concession Card.
If you continue to be eligible, we automatically send you a new card each year in the month in which you were born.
If you disagree with a decision we make
You always have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.
Change of circumstances while receiving Pensioner Concession Card
You need to tell us if your circumstances change. For instance, if you start or return to work or change address or phone number.
If you stop receiving your Centrelink payment, we will automatically cancel your Pensioner Concession Card.
You may be able to keep your card for a short time after returning to work.
There are concession card rules that might affect you if you leave Australia.