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Pensioner Concessions on Council Rates

Pensioner Concessions

The State Government has announced that it will cover pensioner concessions on Council rates.

Last year, after the axing of Federal funding to the State, the SA Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis agreed to fund the shortfall for 12 months.

On Thursday, 14 May 2015 the Treasurer announced that pensioners, low income earners and self-funded retirees holding a Commonwealth Seniors Card would receive up to $200 per year under a new cost of living concession.

The new cost of living concession will replace the $190 council rate concession which only provided funding to pensioners, low-income earners and self funded retirees who owned their own home.

The new concession has been altered so more of our communities’ vulnerable people will be drawn into the protective net.


Outgoing council rate concession ($ p/a)

New cost of living concession ($ p/a)

Change ($ p/a)

Pensioners and low-income earners who own their own home



+ $10 

Pensioners and low-income earners who are tenants

$0 (ineligible)


+ $100

Self-funded retirees who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card* who own their own home



No change 

Self-funded retirees who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card who are tenants  

$0 (ineligible)


+ 100

* Assumes recipients held a State Seniors Card.

As a result of the new arrangements, self-funded retirees earning more than $51,500 (single) or $82,400 (couple) will not be eligible.

Similar to the outgoing council rate concession, the new cost of living concession is payable per household, not per individual.

The concessions will be administered by the State Government and paid to recipients in 2015/16 by cheque. Payments are expected to be made to homeowners in about September this year and to tenants by early 2016.

Homeowners who currently receive the council rate concession will  not need to apply separately for this concession.

For more information contact the State Government’s Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758.

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