Pensioners are entitled to a discount on the rates account for their principal place of residence.
There are two types of pensioner remissions available:
Maximum remissions are available to people on a full pension. Under this scheme:
Part remissions are available to people on an allowance/benefit or a part pension. Under this scheme:
To be eligible for either of the pensioner remissions, you must live on the property permanently and have one of the following:
The cards that do not qualify for a remission are Seniors cards, Health Care cards, Health Benefit cards and Repatriation Health cards for specific conditions.
Remissions can only be granted on one property per quarter.
You may be eligible for a maximum remission on your rates if you receive the:
You may be eligible for a partial remission on your rates if you receive a:
You may also be eligible:
Centrelink and Department of Veteran Affairs pensioners can apply for rates remissions, including state government subsidy, phone Council on 07 3403 8888. You will need your pensioner concession card.
Proof of pension/allowance must be produced at the time of application.
If you are applying for a maximum or partial rebate on your rates, you must include:
If the property is under joint names, all applicants who are in receipt of a pension must produce the required information. For example, two owners on a pension must both produce pension cards and proof of payment. However, if only one owner is on a pension and the other owner is listed on their Pensioner Concession Card as their partner, then they may be entitled to additional remission for their share of the property.
If a joint owner dies, the remaining owner must reapply for the discount and provide a death certificate.
In the case of life tenancy, the applicant must provide:
If you are applying for discount and are a tenant of a caravan park, retirement or mobile village, you need to provide:
Make sure you record the unit or site number in the village or caravan park on your application.
If your application is successful, your rate of rebate will begin from the first day of the next rating quarter. It is your responsibility to notify Council if your pension changes.
If a pensioner's rates account goes into arrears by $30 or more, Council will remove its component of the remission. When the arrears are paid in full, the remission will be automatically reinstated from the following quarter.
The state government component of the remission will continue even if the rates account is in arrears.
A pensioner whose rates account is in arrears will have their Council remission reinstated if they agree to a payment plan to repay their arrears within a reasonable time frame. If the regular repayment of rates does not occur, Council remission will be removed for the next rates account period.
Centrelink pensioners can apply for rates remissions, including state government subsidy, phone Council on 07 3403 8888. You will need your pensioner concession card.