House of Representatives Committees

Concessions - Who benefits?: A report on concession card availability and eligibility for concessions

The Committee tabled its report Concessions - Who benefits? in November 1997. Copies of the contents of the report (individual chapters and other sections of the report) are available in portable document format (PDF).

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Table of contents of report: Concessions - Who benefits?

Terms of Reference (PDF 4KB)

Abbreviations (PDF 5KB)

Executive Summary (PDF 11KB)

Reccomendations (PDF 13KB)

PART ONE - BACKGROUND TO THE CONCESSION SYSTEM

CHAPTER 1 (PDF 9KB) ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INQUIRY

Introduction
Conduct of the Inquiry
Background to the Inquiry
CHAPTER 2 (PDF 31KB) COMMONWEALTH CONCESSION CARDS
History of concessions
Purpose of concessions
Current Commonwealth concession cards
Commonwealth concession entitlements
Eligibility for Commonwealth concessions
Income and assets tests
Concession card holders - what they earn
CHAPTER 3 (PDF 14KB) STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONCESSIONS
How State and Local Governments operate their concessions
Core concessions
State/Commonwealth negotiations on concessions
State Seniors Cards
State/Territory Government fraud control mechanisms
CHAPTER 4 (PDF 21KB) COSTS OF CONCESSIONS
The cost of concession cards
The value of concession cards to their users
Decreasing value of concessions
Re-arranging assets to qualify for a card

PART TWO - CURRENT ISSUES AND COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 5
(PDF 45KB) A SINGLE CONCESSION CARD

Too many cards
Smart card technology
Concerns about smart card technology
PharmaNet technology
CHAPTER 6 (PDF 45KB) EQUITY OF CONCESSIONS
Adequacy of current means testing arrangements
Reform of concession eligibility criteria
A uniform concession system
Cashing out of concessions
CHAPTER 7 (PDF 31KB) ACCESS TO CONCESSIONS
Information dissemination
Access to transport concessions
CHAPTER 8 (PDF 25KB) THE LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK
The legislative framework
The administrative framework
Fraud control
Community Service Obligations

APPENDIX A    Available concessions by State/Territory and type of card

APPENDIX B (PDF 5KB)    List of submissions

APPENDIX C (PDF 10KB)   List of witnesses

Transcripts of hearings

27/06/97 Canberra
23/05/97 Hobart
29/04/97 Brisbane
14/04/97 Melbourne
22/11/96 Sydney
03/09/96 Canberra

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