Pensioner rates remission

​​​​Eligible pensioners (including health care card holders) are entitled to a rates remission of the lesser of:

  • the prescribed maximum amount; or
  • 30% of your rates.

The prescribed amounts for 2024-25​ are:

  • $379 if you are a TasWater client; or
  • $559 if you are not a TasWater client.


Holders of the following cards may be eligible for the remission:

  • Services Australia Pensioner Concession Card (PCC);
  • Services Australia Health Care Card (HCC);
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs 'Gold Card' endorsed with TPI or War Widow/Widower.

Your card must have been granted on or before 1 July 20​​24. The date granted is shown on your card.

The property that the rates remission applies to must be your principal place of residence, ie the property where you usually live, eat and sleep.

Not available: The rates remission is not available if the person only holds the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card.

How to apply

Apply in person at your local Council before 31 March of the relevant financial year (for 2024-25 this is 31 March 2025).

When you apply you will be asked to:

  • show your PCC, HCC or 'Gold Card'; and 
  • certify that the property you are applying for is your principal place of residence.

Retrospective claims

Retrospective claims are limited to one financial year.

To be eligible for a retrospective claim:

  • you must have been the holder of a PCC, HCC or 'Gold Card' (endorsed with TPI or War Widow/Widower) on or before 1 July of the relevant financial year; and
  • your property must have been your principal place of residence.

The prescribed amounts for 2022-23 were:

  • $368 for a TasWater client; or​
  • $542 if not a TasWater client.

Retrospective claims must be lodged with your Local Council before 31 March of the financial year following the one you're claiming. For example, a retrospective claim for 2023-24 must be lodged with your local council by 31 March 2025.

More information

For more information, contact your local Council


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