Guide To Seniors Card Benefits In Australia
Tuesday April 26, 2011
What Is A Seniors Card?
The Seniors Card is offered by every territory and state government of Australia to senior citizens in recognition of their services and contributions to the country. It is issued for free to all interested Australian Senior citizens. The card offers features and benefits on public and private travel, admission to parks and attractions and discounts at retailers. These cards are designed to encourage seniors to get out and enjoy their retirement. The goal of the program is to provide helpful discounts and resources to older citizens in respect of their many years of service for the country.
NSW Seniors Card
The NSW Seniors Card was created in 1992 by the NSW State Government. This scheme is not asset-tested and is free for all seniors. You do not have to disclose your income in order to apply for this card. In order to be eligible for this card you must be a permanent resident of New South Wales and be over the age of 60. You also cannot work more than 20 hours per week at a paying job to be eligible.
There are many ways that you can get the form required to sign up for the NSW Seniors Card. You can visit seniorscard.nsw.gov.au and download an online application. Once you have downloaded the application, you can print it out and fill in your information. The form and the information you provide on it must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace in order to verify your membership status is legal. Once you have completed these steps you can mail your application to: Locked Bag 7001. Liverpool, NSW 1871.
Online applications are also available. You can also visit a number of locations in person including NSW’s Centrelink offices, any ANZ Bank location, the DADH Regional Offices, and NSW Government Access Centres, a NSW local council office or at any number of local council libraries that participate in the program. You can also call 1300 364 758 from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays to speak with a representative of the Seniors Card call centre.
Once you have received your NSW Seniors Card you will be free to get out on the town and begin earning your discounts. The card is good for discounts at thousands of merchants located throughout NSW. You will also get special rates on NSW provided transport and half off the travel costs associated with private transport and other forms of government transport. You can even use your card interstate. All you have to do is present your card to merchants and you will receive your discounts.
NT Seniors Card
If you are a permanent resident of the Northern Territory you can apply for the NT Seniors Card. This card is available as a lifetime card, but if you happen to lose your card, or someone steals it then you can always get a replacement card. Download an application for this card at health.nt.gov.au or call the Seniors Card office for free at 1800 777 704. With the NT Seniors Card you will have access to discounts and special offers at more than 630 Northern Territory merchants and businesses. All public buses in Alice Springs and Darwin will provide cardholders with free travel. The card will also grant you $50 a year to help pay for registering your motor vehicle. All you have to do is present your NT Seniors Card before you purchase anything from a merchant, and you will be entitled to discounts and benefits. The card will also grant you discounts when you travel interstate.
QLD Seniors Card
60 years or older residents of Queensland can get their own version of the Seniors Card or apply for a Seniors Business Discount Card. These cards are also free and do not require that you disclose any income values to join. These cards grant you discounts for thousands of Queensland merchants, the ability to receive interstate discounts and access to the Senior Shopper Service. This shopping service provides you with savings plus hassle free shopping on a huge range of products and services. To apply for the QLD Seniors card you must be between ages 60-64 and work fewer than 35 hours per week at paid employment and hold a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs concession card. If you are over 65 and work less than 35 paid hours per week you will also be eligible for the card.
SA Seniors Card
Southern Australian residents aged 60 and over can apply for the SA Seniors Card and receive free Adelaide public transport at certain times, 50% off State public transport, rebates on the Emergency Services Levy and discounts at hundreds of business in Australia. To apply for this free card, residents can visit sa.gov.au and apply online or print out an application and mail it to: Seniors Card, Department For Families and Communities. PO Box 196, Rundle Mall, SA 5000. Applications can be faxed to 8207 0555. You can also call 1800 819 961.
Vic Seniors Card
If you are a senior citizen resident of Victoria you can apply for the Seniors Card by calling 1300 797 210 or emailing [email protected] Paper applications can be mailed to Seniors Card, GPO Box 4316, Melbourne VIC, 3001. Again, this card will grant its holders discounted goods and services all over Australia.
WA Seniors Card
Western Australia seniors can apply for the card by visiting communities.wa.gov.au and filling out an application form. Completed forms can then be sent to WA Seniors Card Centre. The centre is located at Level 1 of the Albert Facey House, at 469 Wellington St. Perth WA, 6000. You can also pick up an application from any major bank, at the Seniors Card Centre of the WA and at any local government or electorate offices.
ACT Seniors Card
To apply for the Australian Capital Territory Services Card residents aged 60 plus can visit any Canberra Connect Shopfront, any ACT Public Library or the Council on the Ageing Office located at the Hughes Community Centre located at Wisdom Street, Hughes ACT 2605. Applications are not available online.
Tasmanian Seniors Card
Tasmanian residents aged 60 plus who work fewer than 20 hours a week in paid employment can also apply for the Tas Seniors Card. Simply visit any Service Tasmania Shop to get an application. Then complete the application and return it to any Customer Service Officers. You must show at least three pieces of personal identification, one with a listed date of birth. For further information you can call 1300 13 55 13.3
This article was written by Timothy Ng. You can read more of his work at Credit Card Finder, and checkout his comprehensive guide to the best credit card for seniors.