1. Pensioner Concession Card
If you cease to be paid a Centrelink payment because your employment earnings exceed the allowable amount under the income test, you can usually keep the card for a further 3 or 6 months, depending on the payment.
If you go off a Disability Support Pension, or you have a ‘partial capacity for work’ and you go off the Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, you can usually keep the card for a further 12 months.
2. Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
You can get a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card if you:
- can’t get a payment from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- have reached age pension age
- meet the income test
- are an Australian resident or you hold a special category visa
Your card is valid for 1 year. Centrelink should send you a new card each year in August, if you remain eligible.
3. Health Care Card
You can get a Health Care Card if you:
- live in Australia
- get some payments or supplements from us
- meet the age rules of the payment you get
You may be eligible for a Health Care Card if you receive one of the following payments
- Newstart Allowance
- Partner Allowance
- Widow Allowance
- Parenting Payment (partnered)
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Youth Allowance job seekers
- Family Tax Benefit A at the maximum rate
- Mobility Allowance if you don’t get a Disability Support Pension
- Carer Allowance for a child with a disability, or you are providing a significant level of daily care for a dependent child under 16
- Farm Household Allowance
4. Mobility Allowance
If you see a doctor often, or have tests regularly, your medical costs could be high. The Medicare Safety Net may provide a higher Medicare benefit for all eligible services for the rest of the calendar year. This may mean that visits to your doctor or having tests could cost you less as you may receive a higher Medicare benefit, making your out of pocket expenses much less.
Next Section: What medical issues may affect your dealings with Centrelink?