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.
COTA ACT is pleased to announce that CEO, Jenny Mobbs, has been appointed to the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA).
The Council provides strategic advice to the Minister for Ageing on issues affecting older citizens in the ACT. The Council had a key role in developing the ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015 - 2018 and continues to provide advice on its implementation.
Read the full media release below.
Minister for Veterans and Seniors, Gordon Ramsay, today announced the appointment of eight members to make a new ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA).
The MACA provides strategic advice to the ACT Government on issues affecting older people in the ACT. The council assists the Government to develop and implement positive ageing policies, in order to advance the status and interest of older people.
“Today we welcome Fiona May (Chair), Professor Robin Creyke (Vice Chair), Sue Schreiner, Jennifer Mobbs, David Rymer, Greg Fraser, Elizabeth Samra, and Chris Redmond as members to the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing,” Mr Ramsay said.
“It is wonderful to welcome such an experienced and diverse group of representatives to the council as a link between older members of our community and the ACT Government.
“The new council brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in areas such as law, advocacy, and the community sector. The members have all demonstrated their on-going commitment to seniors’ affairs in their professional or personal lives – together they make a very impressive advisory council.”
“I would like to express my gratitude to the outgoing Council members, particularly to the outgoing Chair David Lawrance and outgoing Deputy Chair Viola Kalokerinos.”
The MACA performs a range of important roles for older people in Canberra in line with the ACT Active Ageing Action Plan 2015-2018 including to:
For further information on the MACA go to: http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/wac/ageing/advisory_council_on_ageing.
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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