A 30 per cent reduction on local government rates and charges (capped at a maximum amount each year) is available to a pensioner who on 1 July each year holds a:

  • current Services Australia or DVA Pensioner Concession Card
  • current Services Australia Health Care Card (but not a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card)
  • DVA Health Card - All Conditions ("Gold Card") inscribed with 'TPI' or 'War Widow', 'War Widower'


  • occupies the property in question as their principal place of residence and
  • is legally responsible to the council for the rates of the property.

In 2016-17, eligibility was extended to holders of DVA Health Cards ("Gold Card") inscribed with ‘Totally and Permanently Incapacitated’ (TPI) or ‘War Widow’, ‘War Widower’ whose Gold Cards and entitlements are issued under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

For more information:

All initial enquiries should be made to your relevant local council.