COTA ACT is the Information Hub for the ACT and Queanbeyan. We are available to support, educate and assist people by informing and linking them with suitable care services. We aim to help local people build their own knowledge by guiding them through the steps from information to assessment to receiving care.
Some of the activities being offered include:
Drop in sessions/appointments
Get one on one advice and information from an aged care navigator volunteer.
Changes in age eligibility for ACT Seniors Cards
From 1 July 2017, the eligibility age for applying for an ACT Seniors Card will gradually increase to 65 years from 1 July 2025.
This is a result of an ACT Budget decision announced in 2016.
The change in eligibility age will not impact current 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