Seniors card applications go online and expanded eligibility becomes official

Dominic Giannini 12 July 2020 35
Gordon Ramsay and Jenny Mobbs

ACT Minister for Seniors Gordon Ramsay says online applications will make the process easier, a measure that has been welcomed by COTA CEO Jenny Mobbs. Photo: Supplied.

Canberrans aged 60 and above can now apply for a Seniors Card online to access a range of discounts, special offers and transport concessions across the ACT.

The age drop from 62 to 60 is now in effect after the ACT Government backtracked on its plans to increase the eligibility age to 65 by 2025 in November last year.

The change is expected to cost the budget $900,000 over three years.

The card is free and includes a 10 per cent discount on motor vehicle registration and 28 per cent for electric vehicle registration, and operates as a Transport Canberra MyWay card.

It also allows seniors to access reciprocal discounts in other jurisdictions.

“Applying online is another way older Canberrans can gain access to the Seniors Card benefits and for many this will be a more convenient and accessible way to apply,” Minister for Seniors and Veterans Gordon Ramsay said.

“Making the Seniors Card application process easier is part of our commitment to ensure older Canberrans are acknowledged, supported, valued and rewarded for everything they have contributed to our community.”

The move has been welcomed by Council of the Ageing (COTA) CEO Jenny Mobbs.

“COTA ACT very much welcomes an online application process for the very popular ACT Seniors Card,” she said.

“ACT Seniors Cardholders are able to obtain discounts on goods and services provided by over 300 Canberra businesses to help make their discretionary funds stretch further.”

To be eligible, a senior needs to be a permanent resident of the ACT and not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week.

Seniors will still be able to apply for the card in-person or over the phone, while cards can still be collected at Access Canberra Service Centres during the designated quiet periods between 9:00 am and 11:00 am weekdays.

Visit ACT Seniors Card for full details, including access to the ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory.

If you require assistance filling out the form or if you are not able to complete an application online, please call COTA ACT on 6282 3777 or the MyWay Administration Office on 6207 7711.


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35 Responses to Seniors card applications go online and expanded eligibility becomes official
nealg nealg 4:58 pm 05 Jul 20

Annie Wyer, check with Access Canberra, I got the credit on my card refunded by them.

gordon1 gordon1 8:49 am 05 Jul 20

Re, The card is free and includes a 10 per cent discount on motor vehicle registration. I just had a look at my Rego renewal. It says 2% or $8.10.

Steve Parksmith Steve Parksmith 7:32 am 05 Jul 20

Why should it be means tested?

Robyn Holder Robyn Holder 3:12 am 05 Jul 20

To the person who made a typical Liberal party comment about the eligibility requirements shown on the website, this is what it says, "the ACT seniors card is available to persons 60 years or over who are permanent residents of the ACT and who are not in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week.".

Liz Stephens Liz Stephens 12:40 am 05 Jul 20

I work between 20 -30 hrs a week and it’s never been a problem as my hours change constantly!

Peter Anthony Richardson Peter Anthony Richardson 8:55 pm 04 Jul 20

Ya cant get seniors card if you have to work over 20 hours aweek to servive

Geoff Hawke Geoff Hawke 8:20 pm 04 Jul 20

I’m a self-funded retiree and I have to say the benefits are pretty ordinary.

    Judy Woolstencroft Judy Woolstencroft 1:13 am 05 Jul 20

    Geoff Hawke ...free bus/tram travel during off peak, $2.50 for the days travel on Sydney Trains and half price on NSW trains . Not bad.

    Margaret Lay Margaret Lay 10:23 am 05 Jul 20

    Geoff Hawke looks good to me to those who part fund their retirement!

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 10:39 am 05 Jul 20

    Geoff Hawke, It's great to get free public transport in Canberra in off-peak, and it isn't much in peak. Half price on the train to Sydney, and $2.50 for all day travel on trains in Sydney. I guess you don't use public transport to have made that comment😮.

Michael Attwell Michael Attwell 4:27 pm 04 Jul 20

Theres an election coming.

Stacey James Stacey James 3:57 pm 04 Jul 20

Vicki, get on it 🤣

    Vicki Carn Vicki Carn 5:57 pm 04 Jul 20

    Stacey James i can’t .... I’m in full time employment and not old enough for another year - not fair you have to work less than 20 hours a week !

Geoff Davis Geoff Davis 3:26 pm 04 Jul 20

Vince Ciardullo life just gets better and better..!

    Vince Ciardullo Vince Ciardullo 2:10 pm 05 Jul 20

    Geoff Davis sure does! You will be there soon!

    At least I made it!!!

Acton Acton 3:06 pm 04 Jul 20

From the above the eligibility is stated as being a permanent resident of the ACT and not in paid employment for more than 20 hours a week. But the online application form asks a different question. Are you working less than 20 hours a week, which would then allow eligibility only for those working from 1-20 hours and exclude all retirees not working. Typical misleading/incompetant ACT government.

    Acton Acton 6:20 pm 05 Jul 20

    The online application form has now been updated and corrected to: “Are you in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week?”

Kerrie Buitendam Kerrie Buitendam 1:52 pm 04 Jul 20

When are they giving 70 and older gold card as you get in NSW they have earned

    Aine Dowling Aine Dowling 3:40 pm 04 Jul 20

    Kerrie Buitendam free public transport in the ACT is already available to those over 70.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 10:34 am 05 Jul 20

    And in off-peak to those with a senior card.

Annie Wyer Annie Wyer 11:18 am 04 Jul 20

How about stopping the practice of keeping money that hasn’t been used on buses. I went to use my MyWay card that I knew had $10 on it but was told by the bus driver that “the money expired”.... 🤷‍♀️ that there is a time limit.....

    Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 11:44 am 04 Jul 20

    wow really, that is simply rude of them... not a nice thing to happen to you.

    Joanne Egan Joanne Egan 4:15 pm 04 Jul 20

    Annie Wyer that is outrageous!

    Ewa Walczuk Ewa Walczuk 4:19 pm 04 Jul 20

    Annie Wyer did you check this out

    Annie Wyer Annie Wyer 4:23 pm 04 Jul 20

    Ewa Walczuk I should have, but didn’t. I just don’t use the bus very much anyway, but I was annoyed at my money just evaporating under the veil of “time limit”.

Renee Heyne Renee Heyne 11:09 am 04 Jul 20

Kevin Heyne online ;-)

Michelle Lette Michelle Lette 11:06 am 04 Jul 20

Maree have a read

    Maree Lette-gibson Maree Lette-gibson 1:38 pm 04 Jul 20

    Michelle Lette already have a seniors card. Ta

    Wayne Dalton Wayne Dalton 1:58 pm 04 Jul 20

    Michelle Lette is there a Senior Seniors Card ? 🙂

    Michelle Lette Michelle Lette 2:31 pm 04 Jul 20

    Wayne Dalton playing with fire lol

Bianca Leobaldo Bianca Leobaldo 10:17 am 04 Jul 20

Emma Louise don’t forget to apply for yours! 😘

    Emma Louise Emma Louise 10:18 am 04 Jul 20

    Bianca Leobaldo hell yes 👵🏻 and don’t forget to remind you man too 🤣

    Bianca Leobaldo Bianca Leobaldo 10:22 am 04 Jul 20

    Emma Louise He already got his. 😅😅😅

    Emma Louise Emma Louise 10:23 am 04 Jul 20

    Bianca Leobaldo he would have 15 years ago

Roberta Lynne Anning Roberta Lynne Anning 10:09 am 04 Jul 20

Registered yesterday.

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