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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 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 WA 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 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.
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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 Western Australia Seniors Card – rules and benefits
Who can apply for a WA Seniors Card?
- Aged 63 or above
- 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 from WA Seniors Card Centre in Perth or Australia Post outlets
What government benefits are available with a WA Seniors Card?
- Fare discounts of up to 60% on standard fares for Transperth bus, train and ferry services, including those operating in regional towns. Combined with the Transperth SmartRider, provides free travel weekdays (9am-3.30pm and 7pm until last service), weekends and public holidays. Concessional travel at other times.
- 50% discount on all regional point-to-point travel with SmartRider card (Also available to interstate Seniors Card holders)
- Up to 50% discount on Transwa standard regional fares.
- Discounted entry to Art Gallery of WA, Fremantle Prison, Perth Mint, greyhound courses, Museum of WA, Perth Zoo and Observatory, Rottnest Island accommodation and transport, WA Maritime Museum and National Parks (including camping fees)
- Eligible to apply for WA Government concessions:
- Cost of Living Rebate scheme (2019 – $89.71 for singles and $134.52 for couples)
- 25% rebate on local government rates ($100 cap) and 50% ($750 cap) if hold WA Seniors Card and CSHC
- 25% rebate on Water Corporation service charges (capped), Emergency Services Levy and Underground Electricity Connection charge (50% rebate and potential deferment if also hold CSHC)
- 50% discount on driver’s licence renewal fee (100% rebate if hold a WA Seniors Card and CSHC)
- 50% discount on vehicle licence fee if hold CSHC and WA Seniors Card
- 50% discount on WA Photo Card fee (free if also hold CSHC)
- 50% discount on Recreational Fishing Licence
- Up to $54.34 off pair of spectacles every two years
What discounts can you get with a WA Seniors Card?
- Over 700 participating businesses
- Monthly competitions and special offers
- Online searchable directory: seniorscard.wa.gov.au/discounts
Need to know
The information above is current as at 1 January 2020. Always check the WA Seniors Card website to confirm current discounts and special offers. For more information, see www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au.
Heading interstate? Take your WA Seniors Card
If you’re travelling interstate, it’s well worth taking your WA 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 WA 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 WA Seniors Card is valid for your lifetime and does not need to be renewed.
If your WA Seniors Card is damaged, lost or stolen contact the state agency that issued your Seniors Card for a replacement.
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