Pension Subsidies

​​The Lockyer Valley Regional Council Pension Subsidy and the Queensland State Government Pension Subsidy scheme aims to help pensioner property owners to remain in their own homes by reducing the financial impact of rates and charges levied.

Please view or download a Pensioner Subsidy Application form to apply.

Council has determined that pensioners as defined by the Local Government Regulation 2012 are entitled to receive concessions on rates and charges levied by Council.

In exercising these concession powers Council will be guided by the principles of:

  • transparency by making clear the requirements necessary to receive concessions; and 
  • equity by ensuring that all applicants of the same type receive the same concession.

General Eligibility

Upon written application to Council, a pensioner may be eligible for a pension concession.
To be eligible under the Council Pension Subsidy Scheme for a full or part remission of rates, the applicant must be an approved pensioner who meets all of the criteria below:

  • Is the sole owner, joint owner, part owner or life tenant of a property,
  • The property must be the principle place of residence of the pensioner or life tenant,
  • Has, either solely or jointly with a co-owner, the legal responsibility for the payment of rates and charges as defined herein, which are levied in respect of the said property by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Must be a current holder of one of the following cards:
    • Queensland ‘Pensioner Concession Card' issued by Centrelink,
    • a Veterans' Affairs Gold card,
    • a Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession card, or 
    • Repatriation Health card for all conditions.

For examples of these cards, please view the following Pension Card Examples.

These cards do not qualify for a remission: Seniors cards, Health Care cards and Health Benefit cards.

In the case of life tenancy, the applicant must meet the above criteria and provide:

  • a certified copy of the will, stating the applicant is a life tenant and responsible for paying the rates OR
  • a court order or a duly signed copy of death certificate.

Remissions can only be granted on one property per half year.

Accounts in arrears

If a pensioner's rates account goes into arrears at anytime for any rates notice issued, Council will remove the Council Pensioner Subsidy. When all arrears are paid in full, the remission will be reinstated from the beginning of the following half yearly rating period.

The Queensland State Government component of the pension subsidy will continue even if the rates account is in arrears.

Additional Remission eligibility

You may be eligible for a full remission on your rates if you receive the full pension entitlement under these Government pensions:

  • Age pension
  • Carer payment
  • Disability Support pension
  • Wife pension
  • Widow pension
  • Parenting Payment Single and Service pension
  • War Widow/Widower pensions with full Income Support Supplement
  • Veterans' Affairs' Disability/TPI pension

Council may grant a remission on rates up to a maximum of $30 per half year.

You may be eligible for a partial remission on your rates if you receive the part pension entitlement under these Government pensions:

  • Age pension
  • Carer payment
  • Disability Support pension
  • Wife pension
  • Widow pension
  • Parenting Payment Single and Service pension
  • War Widow/Widower pensions with partial or no Income Support Supplement
  • Veterans' Affairs' Disability/TPI pension

Council may grant a remission on rates up to a maximum of $30 per half year.

Page reviewed: 20 Jun 2018 10:05am