Former part-pensioners will have their Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) reinstated from this week.
They lost the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test, which were designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the future.
“Those reforms provided increased pension for people with lower levels of assets, while some part-pensioners with high levels of assets lost access to their part-pensions,” Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said.
“It meant those with higher levels of assets also lost their PCC and could no longer access a range of NSW and local government and private sector benefits, such as discounted council rates and public transport. The benefits vary from state to state.
“In reinstating the PCC, the Turnbull/Joyce Government is ensuring that these 90,000 former part-pensioners, including 657 in the New England will be able to access those benefits again in the future.”
Automatic reinstatement of the PCC started Monday and it is expected all those eligible will have their card within the next fortnight.
“Those expecting a reissued card don’t need to do anything to receive it, it will be sent to them automatically,” Mr Joyce said.
“They will also retain the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, which continued to be provided after the January 2017 pension changes. This means they will continue to be paid the energy supplement that they formerly received with their pension.”
For more information about reinstatement of the pensioner concession card, go to www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/pensioner-concession-card-reinstatement or for more information on assets levels go to www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/assets