Council Rates Concessions
Councils may offer discounted rates for Pension Concession Card holders who own their home. Contact your local council for further details.
Electricity and Gas Rebates
Medical Energy Rebate
Mitochondrial disease (mito) patients who have issues with regulating their body temperature and hold a Pensioner Concession Card may be eligible for the Medical Energy Rebate, an annual rebate on electricity in addition to the electricity rebate listed above. Contact your electricity provider for further information and to apply.
Water and sewerage
Pensioner Concession Card holders may be eligible for rebates on their water bill through their water supplier. Find out more.
Taxi Subsidy Scheme
Mito patients may be eligible for a taxi transport subsidy, which aims to support those who are unable to use public transport due to a severe and permanent disability. Find out more.
Australian Disability Parking Permit
The scheme allows permit holders to park in disabled spaces and to receive concessions in most metered and/or timed public parking spaces. Mito patients who have difficulty walking or have severe vision loss may apply for a permit. The application form and further information is available here.
The Companion Card allows a person’s carer free entry into participating venues and events. They are available to people with a lifelong need for a high level of care. Find out more.
Telephone Services: Priority/Special Assistance
Some telecommunication providers offer priority or special assistance to people who have a life-threatening medical condition and whose life may be at risk without access to a fully operational phone service. Mito patients who are at high risk of cardiovascular emergencies or patients who live alone, without support or in remote locations may be eligible.
Find out more from Telstra or ask your telecommunication provider.
Australia Post - MyPost Concession
Life Support Rebate
People who use electrically operated life-support equipment such as dialysis machines, CPAP and TPN pumps may be entitled to an electricity rebate. Find out more.
It is important to let your energy provider know you are using life-support equipment so that they can let you know of any planned power outages.