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Everyone loves a bargain, but once they turn 60 many people in the Northern Territory forget to grab one of the best deals on offer – the free NT Seniors Card.
Even if you have not fully retired from the workforce, it’s worth checking to see if you are eligible for a Seniors Card, as the rules in many states allow you to undertake some paid work and still receive a card.
Getting a non-means-tested Seniors Card gives you access to valuable concessions on transport costs and discounts from participating businesses for a wide range of goods and services.
To help you make the most of this valuable free scheme, check out SuperGuide’s detailed guide to accessing and using your NT Seniors Card.
What benefits are available?
With a NT Seniors Card you can access lots of discount offers on goods and services you purchase, plus generous public transport concessions and reductions on some government fees and charges.
The discounts available from participating businesses vary considerably, with many of the benefits related to holidays, travel and hospitality. There are also discounts on everyday items like automotive services, household needs, recreation and professional services.
Although discount offers are available year-round from participating businesses, some offers are special time limited deals. That means it’s a good idea to regularly check the NT Seniors Card website for the current discounts and offers.
Guide to your Northern Territory Seniors Card – rules and benefits
Who can apply for a NT Seniors Card?
- Aged 60 or over
- Permanent NT resident
How do you apply for a NT Seniors Card?
- Apply online
- Mail or email online application form
- Apply at COTA NT in Darwin
What government benefits are available with a NT Seniors Card?
- $55 annual discount on private vehicle registration
- Free bus travel on public buses in Darwin and Alice Springs
What discounts can you get with a NT Seniors Card?
- Over 470 participating businesses
- Special offers
- Check out the current business discounts online here
- Download a PDF copy of the 2022-23 NT Seniors Card Business Discount Directory, or pick up a copy at libraries, electorate offices, Territory Families and council offices
Heading interstate? Take your NT Seniors Card
If you’re travelling interstate, it’s well worth taking your NT Seniors Card, as most participating businesses will accept Seniors Cards issued by other states and territories.
In most states and territories, you can also access the concessional public transport fares offered to their seniors if you present your NT Seniors Card issued by your home state. For example, if you are visiting the ACT, you can show your card and apply for an Interstate Seniors MyWay Card to receive similar concession fares to ACT seniors.
Travelling overseas? Pack your NT Seniors Card
Thanks to a reciprocal agreement with the New Zealand Government, Australian state Seniors Card holders can access discounts from thousands of participating businesses through New Zealand’s SuperGold Card program.
This arrangement does not include state or nationally funded programs, such as the free off-peak public transport available to New Zealand SuperGold Card holders. For more detailed information, check the SuperGold website.
It can also be worth taking your Seniors Card if you travel to countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, USA and Canada, as many overseas businesses accept Australian state Seniors Cards if they offer discounted prices to their own seniors.
Your NT Seniors Card is valid for life and does not need to be renewed.
If your NT Seniors Card is damaged, lost or stolen, you can apply for a replacement by completing the online application form here.