The Regional Seniors’ Travel Card has been extended for an extra two years.
Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said eligible senior citizens could receive a $250 prepaid card each year to ease the burden of travel costs.
“We know that paying for petrol, taxi fares and NSW TrainLink tickets are among the most significant expenses for senior citizens,” he said.
“Those eligible for the Age Pension and receiving either a Disability Support Pension or a Carer Payment from Services Australia are also eligible for their very travel own card.
“In 2020, there were 42,635 local seniors who received a card, and in the first six months of 2021, 41,887 local seniors got a card.
“This equates to a total saving of $21M and it goes to show what a positive impact this cost-of-living initiative from the NSW Government is having on older people in our community, as well as for local petrol stations and taxi operators,” Crouch said.
From 2022, eligible applicants will include seniors who have reached the Age Pension age and are receiving a Disability Support Pension or a Carer Payment from Services Australia, a Disability Pension through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, or a War Widow Pension issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
People who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are also eligible.
Regional Seniors’ Travel Cards can be applied for once per calendar year and are valid for 14 months from the date the card is issued.
Media Release, June 18
Parliamentary Secretary Central Coast, Adam Crouch