Rebates for Pensioners

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Inner West Council – Ashfield

Council provides a rebate of up to $325.00 per year on rates payments to eligible pensioners for properties in former Ashfield local government area. The mandatory State Government rebate is a maximum of $250.00 per year, and Council provides an additional voluntary rebate up to $75.00 per year.

You may be an eligible pensioner for the rebate if:

  • You are liable (either solely or jointly) for the rates on the property
  • The property is your sole or principal residence
  • You hold a current pensioner concession card issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

To be eligible for the $325.00 full year rebate, the date the person becomes an eligible pensioner must be prior to 1 July in any rating year.

New pensioners after 1 July will receive a rebate proportionate to the number of full quarters remaining in the rating year after the day when the person becomes an eligible pensioner (Local Government Act 1993, Section 575). This is illustrated in the table below:

Date of pension being granted Rebate within rating year
Before 1 July of rating year Full rebate
Before 1 October 75% rebate
Before 1 January 50% rebate
Before 1 April 25% rebate
Between 1 April and 30 June No rebate

When a person ceases to be an eligible pensioner, dies or sells the property, a proportion of the rebate granted for the year is written back as payable. This applies in the same manner as a granted rebate: the write back will equal the number of full quarters remaining in the year.

To obtain a discount

Print and complete the Pensioner concession application form (Inner West Council Ashfield) and lodge it at the Ashfield Customer Service Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield. Bring your current rates notice (if available) and your Pensioner Concession Card which will be photocopied.

To be eligible, the details on the concession card must match the property owner on the rates notice.

Inner West Council – Leichhardt

Council provides a rebate of up to $250.00 per year on rates payments to eligible pensioners.

You may be an eligible pensioner for the rebate if:

  • You are liable (either solely or jointly) for the rates on the property
  • The property is your sole or principal residence
  • You hold a current pensioner concession card issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

To be eligible for the $250.00 full year rebate, the date the person becomes an eligible pensioner must be prior to 1 July in any rating year.

New pensioners after 1 July will receive a rebate proportionate to the number of full quarters remaining in the rating year after the day when the person becomes an eligible pensioner (Local Government Act 1993, Section 575). This is illustrated in the table below:

Date of pension being granted Rebate within rating year
Before 1 July of rating year Full rebate
Before 1 October 75% rebate
Before 1 January 50% rebate
Before 1 April 25% rebate
Between 1 April and 30 June No rebate

When a person ceases to be an eligible pensioner, dies or sells the property, a proportion of the rebate granted for the year is written back as payable. This applies in the same manner as a granted rebate: the write back will equal the number of full quarters remaining in the year.

To obtain a discount

Complete the Pensioner rebate application form (Inner West Council Leichhardt), with a photocopy or scan of both sides of your Pensioner Concession Card attached, and lodge it in one of the following ways:

  • Lodge in person: Leichhardt Customer Service Centre, 7-15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Applications must be lodged by 4pm.
  • Lodge by mail: Inner West Council - Leichhardt, PO Box 45, Leichhardt NSW 2040
  • Lodge by email: leichhardt@lmc.nsw.gov.au

To be eligible, the details on the concession card must match the property owner on the rates notice.

Pensioners who have continuously been ratepayers/residents of the former Leichhardt Council for 10 years or more can also receive rebates on the Domestic Waste Management Charge and the Stormwater Management Service Charge.

Inner West Council – Marrickville

Council provides a rebate of up to $330.20 per year on rates payments to eligible pensioners for properties in former Marrickville local government area.

The mandatory State Government rebate is a maximum of $250.00 per year. Council provides a voluntary rebate up to $54.70 per year on top of this mandatory rebate. Since 2015/16, Council has also provided an additional voluntary rebate of $25.50. This additional rebate is limited to existing recipients and is not available to new pensioners (eligible pensioners after 1 July 2015 are excluded).

You may be an eligible pensioner for the rebate if:

  • You are liable (either solely or jointly) for the rates on the property
  • The property is your sole or principal residence
  • You hold a current pensioner concession card issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

To be eligible for the full year rebate, the date the person becomes an eligible pensioner must be prior to 1 July in any rating year.

New pensioners after 1 July will receive a rebate proportionate to the number of full quarters remaining in the rating year after the day when the person becomes an eligible pensioner (Local Government Act 1993, Section 575). This is illustrated in the table below:

Date of pension being granted Rebate within rating year
Before 1 July of rating year Full rebate
Before 1 October 75% rebate
Before 1 January 50% rebate
Before 1 April 25% rebate
Between 1 April and 30 June No rebate

When a person ceases to be an eligible pensioner, dies or sells the property, a proportion of the rebate granted for the year is written back as payable. This applies in the same manner as a granted rebate: the write back will equal the number of full quarters remaining in the year.

To obtain a discount

Print and complete the Pensioner rebate application form (Inner West Council Marrickville) and lodge it at the Petersham Customer Service Centre, 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham. Bring your current rates notice (if available) and your Pensioner Concession Card which will be photocopied. To be eligible, the details on the concession card must match the property owner on the rates notice.

An additional Voluntary Pensioner Rebate of $80.20 (2016/17 financial year) is provided to eligible pensioners who applied for the pensioner rebate through the former Marrickville Council before 1 July 2015. This additional rebate is limited to existing recipients only.

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