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Canvassing ideas on how new pensioner card will work

11 Jul 2017

If you have been here more than 30 years, you have contributed to the growth of the NT and almost certainly volunteered in some capacity.

There’s a lot of talk about the review of the Territory pensioner and concessions card.

COTA NT has canvassed quite a few of our members, and it has been interesting that most of our respondents would like to see an increase in the qualifying period before you can receive any benefits. The common figure was for more than five years.

So those who are older than 65, an NT resident of more than five years and resides permanently in the NT would be eligible. Respondents wanted to see the concessions allow a cap on electricity and water. Definitely no debit card – and keep the travel allowance that has been suggested of $700 every two years.

Also consensus agreed, people who are over 65 and still gainfully employed should not be eligible. COTA does think you need to qualify this point. Some people over 65 only work causally or do paid volunteer work – maybe they should have to produce their group certificate or tax return to be able to qualify.

Our members think this approach would be sustainable and allow the system to be accessed by senior Territorians who are eligible.

Let’s face it – if you have been here more than 30 years, you have contributed to the growth of the NT and almost certainly volunteered in some capacity.

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