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Everyone loves a bargain, but once they turn 60 many Queenslanders forget to grab one of the best deals on offer – their QLD Seniors Card, Seniors Card+go or Seniors Business Discount 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 in many states the rules 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 a state Seniors Card.
Need to know
Information on eligibility and available benefits contained in this article is current as at 1 January 2020. Always check the QLD Seniors Card website for the current rules and benefits, as these change regularly.
If you’re seeking information on the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), check out SuperGuide’s article Commonwealth Seniors Health Card: What it is and how to apply.
What benefits are available?
With a QLD Seniors Card you can access lots of discount offers and this includes generous public transport and government concessions in some states.
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.
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Although discount offers are available year-round from participating businesses, some states also offer special time limited deals. That means it’s a good idea to regularly check your state’s Seniors Card website for the current deals and offers.
Guide to your Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors Card+go or Seniors Business Discount Card – rules and benefits
Who can apply for a Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors Card+go or SBDC?
- Permanent resident
- Live in Queensland at least 6 months each year
- Queensland home address must be shown on your driver licence or be registered with DVA, Centrelink or Electoral Commission of Queensland
Queensland Seniors Card or Seniors Card+go:
- Aged 65 or older and work less than 35 hours per week in paid employment
- Aged 60-64, work less than 35 hours per week in paid employment and hold Commonwealth Pensioner Concession, Health Care or Seniors Health Card; or DVA Gold, White or Orange card
Queensland Seniors Business Discount Card:
- Aged 60 or over
How do you apply for a Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors Card+go or SBDC?
- Online application
- Mail online form
- Phone 13 74 68
- Queensland Government service counters
- Required to provide one of: Centrelink customer reference number (CRN), DVA file number, Queensland driver licence number or adult proof of age or photo ID card number
What government benefits are available with a Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors Card+go or SBDC?
Seniors Card and Seniors Card+go holders only:
- Concession fares and daily travel caps on public transport in South East Queensland and the Queensland Rail Travel network
- Eligible to apply for Queensland Government concessions including annual electricity ($340.85) and gas ($73.60) rebates; electricity life support concession; free public dental care; medical aids and equipment subsidies
- Free or discounted public dental care services
- Eligible for concessional motor vehicle and boat registration fees
- Discount annual fishing permit ($36)
- Discount entry to Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Trust Network
What discounts can you get with a Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors Card+go or SBDC?
- Over 6,200 business outlets
- Free Seniors Shopper phone-shopping service for purchases (electrical goods, travel, vehicles, computers, furniture, cameras etc.) – seniorshopper.com.au
- Online search directory: qld.gov.au/SearchDiscounts
Need to know
The information above is current as at 1 January 2020. Always check the Queensland Seniors Card website to confirm current discounts and special offers. For more information, see www.qld.gov.au/seniorscard.
Heading interstate? Take your QLD Seniors Card
If you’re travelling interstate, it’s well worth taking your QLD Seniors Card, as most states and territories give interstate seniors concessional public transport fares if they present their Seniors Card. For example, interstate Seniors Card holders visiting the ACT can show their card or apply for an Interstate Seniors MyWay Card to receive similar concession fares to ACT seniors.
Need to know
Always check the rules on the QLD Seniors Card website before you travel, as the rules and concessions on offer can change.
To receive concessional transport fares in NSW, interstate card holders (excluding ACT) need to apply three to four weeks before travelling to receive a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal Card. More information and an online application form is available here.
If you hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), Queensland Seniors Business Discount Card, National Seniors Card or New Zealand SuperGold Card you are not eligible for a NSW Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal Card.
Travelling overseas? Pack your 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 programmes, such as the free off-peak public transport available to New Zealand SuperGold Card holders. For more information, see www.supergold.govt.nz.
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 seniors cards if they offer discounted prices to their own seniors.
For information about other benefits in retirement, in particular, the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), see SuperGuide articles:
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card: What it is and how to apply
- What concession cards are available for Seniors and Pensioners?
Need to know
Your QLD Seniors Card is valid for your lifetime and does not need to be renewed.
If your QLD Seniors Card is damaged, lost or stolen contact the state agency that issued your Seniors Card for a replacement.
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