Are you getting all the concessions you’re entitled to?

I would like to remind residents that a number of state government concessions are available. If you are eligible, these can provide significant assistance to reduce your cost of living.

Available concessions include:

Myki transport concessions

Many passengers are eligible for concession fares and special entitlements on public transport. Concession tickets cost around half the full fare and are available for most ticket types.

Some passengers will need to apply for a special myki and/or carry a specially issued card which provides proof of concession eligibility on public transport.

Available for holders of: Health Care Card; Pensioner Concession Card; Victorian Public Transport Student Concession Card; Victorian Seniors Card; Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card; Victorian Public Transport Asylum Seeker Concession Card.

Car registration concessions

The Motor Vehicle Registration Fee concession provides a 50% reduction on the motor vehicle registration fee component of the registration bill where the cardholder or their spouse is the registered operator of the vehicle.

Available for holders of: Pensioner Concession Card; Health Care Card; DVA Gold Card.

Municipal rates concessions

The Municipal Rates Concession provides a 50 per cent discount off council rates up to a yearly maximum of $208.00 in 2014-2015.

Available for holders of: The Stamp Duty Concession provides a full exemption from stamp duty for cardholders purchasing property up to $330,000 in value, and a partial exemption up to $750,000 in value.

Available for holders of: Pensioner Concession Card; Health Care Card; DVA Gold Card.

Water concessions

The water and sewerage concession provides a 50 per cent discount off water and sewerage charges up to an annual maximum of $291 in 2014-15.

Available for holders of: Pensioner Concession Card; DVA Gold Card; Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Card.

Non-mains winter energy concessions

The Non-Mains Water Concession assists cardholders who are not connected to mains water with the costs of purchasing non-mains water for domestic usage, for example, when buying carted water for rainwater tanks, or buying water via a billing agent or water cooperative.

Available for holders of: Pensioner Concession Card; DVA Gold Card; Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Card.

Utility relief grants

The Utility Relief Grant Scheme and the Non-Mains Utility Relief Grant Scheme provide assistance for domestic customers who are unable to pay their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis.

Assistance may be provided to low-income households suffering a short-term (within last 12 months) financial crisis who are unable to pay for a current utility account or LP gas account and who are at risk of disconnection, restriction of supply, or non-supply of gas bottles.

The Utility Relief Grant Scheme is also available to eligible customers who experience difficulties paying for other non-mains sources such as LPG, diesel and petrol (for a generator), heating oil, firewood, metered electricity from an embedded network and carted water.

Available for holders of: Pensioner Concession Card; Health Care Card; DVA Gold Card.

Stamp duty concessions

The Stamp Duty Concession provides a full exemption from stamp duty for cardholders purchasing property up to $330,000 in value, and a partial exemption up to $750,000 in value.

Available for holders of: Pensioner Concession Card; Health Care Card; DVA Gold Card.

Phone concessions

Telstra provides a range of discounts to Centrelink and DVA Pension cardholders, including discounts on new telephone connections and monthly rebates.

Concessions for Victorian Seniors Card holders

The Victorian Seniors Card is a Victorian Government initiative in partnership with the private sector to encourage people who have retired or who are working part time to continue to engage with the community. Cardholders are able to obtain a wide range of discounted goods and services from participating businesses including travel, accommodation, hospitality, entertainment and leisure.  For more information visit the Victorian Seniors Card website.


For more information on these or any other concessions you may be eligible for, please feel free to contact my office, or visit the DHS website.