• ACT Seniors Week

    Seniors Week 2019

    ACT Seniors Week encourages older Canberrans to Love Later Life!
    With a fantastic variety of exhibitors in a bigger and better venue, this year’s expo
    will be an essential visit on your Seniors Week to do list!

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  • ACT Seniors Card

    ACT Seniors Card

    What is a Seniors Card?
    Find out how to apply, what discounts are available and how you can find more information.

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  • What We Do

    What we do

    We work with older Canberrans to shape a more just and equitable community
    in which older people participate and contribute to their fullest capacity.

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  • How We Can Help

    How we can help

    COTA ACT provide a range of services for older people and their carers/families in the ACT.

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  • Changes in age eligibility for ACT Seniors Cards

    From 1 July 2017, the eligibility age for applying for an ACT Seniors Card will increase to 61 years.
    This follows an announcement in the 2016-17 ACT Budget, where the eligibility age for the ACT Seniors Card will be gradually increased to 65 years by 1 July 2025.
    The change in eligibility age will not impact current Seniors Card holders.

    Read the full media release here.

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  • Concession travel on the NSW Opal public transport network is now a whole lot easier for ACT Seniors Card holders.

    From Monday 31 October 2016, Transport Canberra has partnered with Transport NSW to automatically validate ACT seniors' eligibility for concession travel in NSW. Transport NSW has also removed the 60 day expiry on ACT seniors' Gold Opal Cards.

    “COTA ACT has been working with Transport Canberra for close to a year to make applying for a NSW Opal Card easier for Seniors Card holders in the ACT. The new process is just one example of how COTA ACT partners with government to improve services for seniors in the ACT.

    “Seniors with an early ACT Seniors Card (ie one that has six numbers, as opposed to nine in the current cards) will need to apply for a card upgrade in order to apply for an Opal card. New, replacement and upgrade ACT Seniors Cards are available from the COTA ACT office in Hughes, at ACT Libraries and Access Canberra shopfronts,” 

    If you are over 60, a permanent resident of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week, you are eligible for an ACT Seniors Card* and a Gold Opal card, giving you concession travel capped at $2.50 a day** across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

    **Excludes Sydney Airport Station access fee

    Download the media release here.


    OPAL card registration not working?
    • How many numbers are on your Seniors Card? The new system requires your card to have nine numbers to be processed. If you have an older card with five numbers you will need to upgrade your card.
    • When did you apply for your Seniors Card? It takes up to 7 business days for the Transport Canberra and NSW Opal Card databases to sync details so you can apply for an Opal card.
    If you have confirmed all of this and your registration is not processing you will need to confirm your card validity (see section above 'Why is my Seniors / MyWay Card not working": http://www.cotaact.org.au/services/seniors-card-my-way). This can be done through the COTA ACT Office on 6282 3777.


     News / 03.11.16
    *Eligibility age for ACT Seniors Card will be gradually increased to 65 years by 1 July 2025. Please check the current age eligibility before applying. 

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ACT Seniors Card

seniorscardIf you are 61 or over, a permanent resident of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week you are eligible for an ACT Seniors Card.
An ACT Seniors Card (which is combined with a MyWay card) entitles card bearers to a savings on a range of goods and services from participating businesses, as well as concessional travel on public transport. 
The ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory website gives you all of the information you need on:
  • obtaining an ACT Seniors Card
  • finding out what discounts and savings are available to card holders
  • information for businesses on how to participate
*Please note: As part of an ACT Budget decision, the eligibility age for ACT Seniors Card will be gradually increased to 65 years until 2025.  The eligibility age will increase by 1 year on 1 July 2019, 1 July 2021, 1 July 2023 and 1 July 2025. 


  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory
  • The Seniors Information Service
  • Housing Options Advisory Service
  • Information on services for older people and their carers
  • Community education, information sessions and events
  • Community centre hire


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Fax: 02 6285 3422
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