The State Government provides pensioners with a concession of up to $223.80 on rates and charges and an additional $50 for the fire services levy. In addition to this amount, Hepburn Shire Council has made provisions for pensioners in its 2017/2018 Budget of an additional $21 rebate for pensioners who qualify under the State Government’s Pensioner Rate Remission scheme to accommodate the difficulties experienced by pensioners. Therefore the total rebate amount for 2017/2018 is $294.80.

Holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink, or the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), or a DVA Repatriation Health Care Card specifying War Widow (WW) or Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) may be eligible for a pensioner rate concession.

To be eligible you will need to satisfy the following:

The property is your sole or principal place of residence.
The address you are seeking a concession for is the same as that on your pension card.
The occupant is the person liable for the rates and charges.

To claim a pension concession:

To claim a pension concession, you will need to:
– Download a Pensioner Concession Application Form here or visit one of our Council offices
– produce an eligible concession card.

Eligible pensioners who have previously applied will have the concession automatically deducted from their rates.

For more information regarding concessions please see the Departmenat of Health & Human Services.