The Victorian Government provides concessions to make essential services more affordable for low-income households in Victoria.
- These concessions apply to your water, gas, electricity, municipal rates and motor vehicle registration, as well as education costs.
- Remember – not all Seniors Card holders are eligible – you need a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card, or a Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Gold Card to access these concessions (Note: Health Care Cards and Gold Cards not marked TPI, War Widow, POW or EDA are not eligible for municipal rates concessions).
- You may also be eligible for discount dental, eye and hearing care, and free ambulance travel.
How do I receive these concessions?
To access concessions on your electricity, gas, water and motor vehicle registration bills, you must tell your service provider that you have a concession card.
To access discount dental, eye or hearing care you can make an appointment at specific community clinics. To obtain the telephone number of a clinic in your local area, call 1300 360 054 for dental, 9349 7455 (metropolitan) or (03) 9349 7434 (rural) for eye care or 1800 555 013 for hearing services.
Living Victoria Water Rebate Program
The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program provides incentives for Victorian households to save water and money when purchasing water efficient products including rainwater tanks, dual-flush toilets, washing machines, pool covers and garden products.
Households can claim up to $1,500 for the installation of a rainwater tank connected to the toilet and/or laundry. Only homes where the building permit for the house was issued before 1 May 2011 are eligible for the rainwater tank rebates.
All products must be purchased and installed between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015.
Further information on the Program, including claim forms and terms and conditions, can be found on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website or by contacting 136 186 or your local water supplier. Terms and conditions apply.
Looking for advice?
Seniors Information Victoria is funded by the Victorian Government to offer free information on a range of issues of interest to older Victorians.
Learn more on COTA Victoria's website or by phoning 1300 135 090.