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Print this page Print this page Seniors Concession Allowance (SCA) - Description

Objective of SCA

SCA was paid to CSHC holders to assist with their household bills. From 20 September 2009 SCA was replaced by the seniors supplement (3.12.2). The final instalment of SCA was paid in September 2009.


SCA was also payable to people who were temporarily absent from Australia for not more than 13 weeks when a SCA test day occurred, and who held a CSHC immediately before their departure.


How SCA was paid

SCA was an annual payment paid into an eligible person's bank account in quarterly instalments, as soon as reasonably practicable on or after the SCA test days of 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December each year.


Background information

SCA was introduced in December 2004 as a Government election commitment to assist CSHC holders. SCA was paid to those who had a CSHC under either the SSAct or the VEA (DVA paid SCA to VEA CSHC holders and eligible DVA Gold Card holders who did not already receive UA or SCA).


Act reference: SSAct section 1061U Qualification for seniors supplement

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.12 SCA - Qualification & Payability


Last reviewed: 12 August 2013


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