Canberrans aged 60 and older now have access to the benefits of the ACT Seniors Card after the Government lowered the eligibility age from 62 to 60 late last year.
Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay said from July 1 eligible Canberrans aged 60 and over could now apply for the card online or in person at the Council of the Ageing (COTA) ACT office.
“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 Ramsay said.
“If you can’t apply online, you can continue to apply in-person or over the phone, and support will be available for people if they need it.
“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 ACT Seniors Card provides access to a range of discounts, special offers and transport concessions across the ACT and interstate.
“ACT Seniors Card holders are able to obtain discounts on goods and services provided by over 300 Canberra businesses to help make their discretionary funds stretch further,” said COTA ACT chief executive officer, Jenny Mobbs.
“COTA ACT very much welcomes an on-line application process for the very popular ACT Seniors Card,” she said.
“COTA ACT is available during office hours to assist applicants should they not have access to a computer and can be visited at the Hughes Community Centre or contacted by telephone on 6282 3777.”
There are eligibility requirements for an ACT Seniors Card – you must be a permanent resident of the ACT and not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week.
ACT Seniors Cards are combined with Transport Canberra MyWay cards, with one card allowing for public transport access, and Seniors Card discounts.
Mr Ramsay said customers applying online will be able to use the electronic application form receipt for transport concessions until their Seniors Card arrives in the mail.
Visit the ACT Seniors Card website www.actseniorscard.org.au for full details, including access to the ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory.