About Concessions

The South Australian Government provides a range of concessions, including (but not limited to) those for energy; public transport; water and sewerage; vehicle registration and licensing fees; stamp duty; telephone bills; and prescription spectacles. These concessions are meant to provide a means for low income and disadvantaged South Australians to gain access to essential goods and services by making them more affordable.
As in other jurisdictions, concessions in South Australia are often ill-directed, lacking in clarity, and, most significantly, lacking in both horizontal and vertical equity. While certain concessions are available to some people on medium or high incomes, these concessions are not available to some people on lower incomes. This creates a major equity issue, and flows from the inability or unwillingness of state/territory and federal governments to implement a national, integrated approach to concessions.

Visit the Box File in the sidebar to download our Concessions Principles Paper and also the Fact Sheet.

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1 Response to “About Concessions”


  1. 1 Liz August 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

    We appreciate the concessions received on low income and disability pensions as they do stretch the budget dollars a little. However, they are not keeping up with current living costs, and the particular area that concerns us is the council rates concession. I have checked with our Council and apparently State Government has not seen fit to increase the concession for about 20 years, which I think is appalling given the huge increase in property valuations in that period. I do know from our rates notices the concession has not increased since 2001, a minimum of 8 years, which is still incredibly slow for the Government to reconsider this matter. I approached our State MP on this matter 2 or 3 years ago, and was told it was an issue for Treasury Department to address.

    Obviously nothing has happened so far – would SACOSS lobby/raise this matter please?


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