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Everyone loves a bargain, but many older West Australians forget to grab one of the best deals on offer – their WA 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 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 WA Seniors Card.
What benefits are available?
With a WA 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.
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 Western Australia Seniors Card – rules and benefits
Who can apply for a WA Seniors Card?
- Born prior to 30 June 1958 – age 63
- Born 1 July 1958 to 40 June 1959 – age 64
- Born after 30 June 1959 – age 65
- Australian citizen or permanent resident visa holder
- Permanent WA resident
- Work less than 25 hours per week in paid employment (averaged over 12 months)
How do you apply for a WA Seniors Card?
- Online application
- Mail online form
- Forms available online or at Australia Post outlets
- 100 points of ID required with application form
What government benefits are available with a WA Seniors Card?
- Fare discounts on standard fares for Transperth bus, train and ferry services, including those operating in regional towns.
- Combined with the Transperth SmartRider card, provides free travel weekdays (9am-3.30pm and 7pm to 6am), weekends, Seniors Week and public holidays.
- Concessional travel fare at other times.
- 50% discount on regional point-to-point travel with SmartRider. (Also available to interstate Seniors Card holders)
- Up to 50% discount on Transwa standard regional fares
What discounts can you get with a WA Seniors Card?
- Over 600 participating businesses
- Monthly competitions
- Online searchable directory: www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au/discountsdirectory
Heading interstate? Take your WA Seniors Card
If you’re travelling interstate, it’s well worth taking your WA 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 the Seniors Card issued by your home state. 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.
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 programs, 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 Australian state Seniors Cards if they offer discounted prices to their own seniors.