The main purpose of the PCC is to assist pensioners and selected benefit recipients with certain living costs, by allowing access to specific services at a concessional rate.
The PCC is automatically issued to:
Once recipients move off income support, they must generally stop using their PCC. However in some instances, DSP, Wife (DSP) and certain older long-term benefit recipients can retain their PCC for 6-12 months after returning to work. NSA and YA (job seeker) with partial capacity to work can keep their PCC for 12 months after leaving payment for work. NSA and YA (job seeker) who are single principal carers can keep their PCC for 12 weeks after ceasing payment due to earnings. They can then access a HCC for a further 14 weeks. This provision is designed to assist people to make the transition from income support to work.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061ZA General qualification rules-pensioner concession card, section 1061ZA(2A) General qualification rules, section 1061ZA(2B) General qualification rules, section 1061ZA(2D) General qualification rules, section 1061ZEB(2) Extended qualification rule: persons with a partial capacity to work, section 1061ZM(1BA) Qualification for health care card: employment affected person
Last reviewed: 1 February 2010