Dr Anthony Lynham


Budget Concessions to assist the elderly and household budgets

rebates and concessions

7 June, 2019 –

In this year’s budget, the Palaszczuk Government is making a massive $5.66 billion investment in concessions for Queenslanders.

This is more than a $76 million increase over the budget commitment in 2018/19 and the equivalent of more than $1,000 in concessions for every Queenslander.

This means energy rebates for seniors, textbook and resource allowances for secondary students, travel and accommodation subsidies for apprentices and trainees, and much more.

I encourage everyone to check the Smart Savings website for concessions that can make a real difference in easing people’s financial worries.

This website lists all of the Government’s many concessions and rebates in one location, making it easier for Queenslanders to find and apply for them.

Find out what concessions you’re eligible for at qld.gov.au/smartsavings or contact the Queensland Government call centre 13QGOV (13 74 68).

The top ten concessions by total Government spend:

  • User Choice – Apprentice and Trainee Training Subsidy ($199.0 million) provides government funding of between $1,150 and $50,720 towards the costs of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.
  • Vocational Education and Training – Certificate III Guarantee Tuition Fee Subsidy ($193.7 million) helps eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school Certificate III qualification to gain a job or to improve their employment status.
  • Electricity Rebate Scheme ($192.3 million) helps Queensland pensioners and seniors pay their electricity bill with a rebate of up to $341 a year.
  • Vehicle and Boat Registration Concessions ($185.1 million) reduces the cost of vehicle and boat registration fees for seniors and pensioners.
  • School Transport Assistance Scheme ($139.0 million) helps eligible families that do not have a school in their local area, or who are from eligible low-income groups with school travel costs.
  • Oral Health Scheme ($163.6 million) provides free dental care to eligible Queenslanders and their dependents.
  • Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme ($92.5 million) provides financial assistance to patients who need to access specialist medical services not available within their local area. It provides a subsidy towards the cost of travel and accommodation for patients and, in some cases, an approved escort.
  • Vocational Education and Training – Higher Level Skills Tuition Fee Subsidy ($75 million) subsidises the cost of tuition fees paid by students undertaking a priority Certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma or industry endorsed skill set.
  • Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme ($55.2 million) offers a 20% subsidy, up to a maximum of $200 per year, to lessen the impact of local government rates and charges on pensioners, thereby assisting them to continue to live in their own homes.
  • School Transport Allowance for Students with Disabilities ($45.8 million) assists families of students with disabilities with transport to attend state school programs.

Some of the less well-known concessions and loans include:

  • Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to eligible people for a range of aids and equipment, like mobility aids, artificial limbs or vehicle modifications, to help them live at home and avoid premature or inappropriate residential care or hospitalisation.
  • Rental Bond Loans provides interest-free rental bond loans, equivalent to a maximum amount of four weeks rent, for people who cannot afford to pay a full bond to move into private rental accommodation.
  • Spectacle Supply Scheme provides eligible Queensland residents with a pair of basic prescription spectacles, once every two years.
  • Home Assist Secure helps eligible people over 60, or those with a disability, with assistance to remain living in their home, either owned or rented.  Free safety related information and referrals are available, plus subsidised assistance to pay for critical maintenance services.