Seniors Card: which concessions are available?

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Splitting his time between NSW and Victoria, Greg is unsure in which state he should apply for his Seniors Card and whether he can receive public transport concessions in both states.

Q. Greg

Can you help me out re the Seniors Card please?

I will be 60 later in the year and for the past five years I have been equally dividing my time between living in NSW and Victoria.

Unfortunately, I know I cannot work anymore and am ineligible for the the Disability Support Pension as I am over the new asset threshold.

However, any public transport concession would be a help. When in Melbourne, (for health/medical appointments) I use my myki and pay full fare, and in NSW (where I own a house) the $2.50 concession into Nowra would be very handy.

I am on the voting roll in Victoria and my Medicare card has my old Victorian address even though I live in NSW for half the year.

If I get a Seniors Card in one state, can I use it on public transport in the other state?

A. The good news is that a scheme still exists to allow you to access concessions in both states, regardless of where your card is issued. While many of the concession offered in both states are the same for residents and interstate visitors, both Victoria and NSW offer a few additional perks if you actually have a Seniors Card issued in that state.

For full details of which concessions are offered in each state, read our Guide to transport concessions.

Also, although you exceed the asset threshold for the Disability Support Pension, you may be able to claim a Low Income Health Care Card if your income is below the required limits.

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    I have a NSW Seniors Card and showed this to get a Senior’s Miki Card in VIctoria. I also got free and discounted transport I Adelaide and Perth with my NSW Senior’s Card. I can also get discounts in New Zealand, Tasmania and Queensland.

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      Ditto OG’s experience.
      I used my Seniors Card in Canada and USA with no difficulty, every transport, accommodation, restaurants and tourist business I used all accepted my Australian issued seniors card without question. I don’t know about European countries, I haven’t been to Europe since I qualified for the card. Anybody else have experience overseas?

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      Yes Eddy I can use the Seniors card in the US. I’ve used it in the UK but haven’t tried in Europe yet.

      In the US I’ve been entitled to Seniors discounts using this card.

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    I used mine in Portugal recently and saved a heap on interstate rail. I was also asked constaantly and very charmingly “Do you have more than 65 years” and was given a seniors discount on admissions, etc. Often I was asked the question but didn’t have to show my card. Lovely country and lovely people.

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    While having a NSW seniors card will get you a seniors Myki, the reverse is just NOT true. As a Victorian senior I have to apply at least three to six weeks in advance for a seniors opal card and the seniors travel will last only for up to 6 mths (as if I am no longer a senior after 6 mths!!!) Seniors travel concessions should be totally reciprocal in all states not better in Vic for everyone else than it is in other states.

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    We were told we had reciprocal rights in NZ but when we tried to use it in NZ they just laughed at us, It seems it only works one way, Kiwis get all the rights they want in OZ, but laugh at us over there

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      I had no trouble getting discounts in NZ. Be careful booking train travel over the internet from Australia as you will be only shown the tourists rates not the local rates. We travelled for less than half their tourists rates on trains and the interisland ferry.

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      Like OG we travelled NZ in February and had no knockbacks with getting great discounts on most things by producing our WA seniors card, we didn’t mention rugby, that might have inspired laughter with the abysmal results of the last few years.

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      Last time I was in WA I got a WA card which anyone can get that saved me heaps on trips to Rottnest Island and lots of other activites. We got one for $10 between the 2 us for all the discounts.

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    Greg,
    Check the age for seniors card, hubby recently applied for 1 as he is now redundant and will retire early due to health reasons, but we realised the age for these have increased. He needed to be 61 & I will have to be 64 before I will be eligable. 66 for pension for him & 66.5 for me

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    Must just be WA increasing the age required

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    Thanks for this article we have family recently moved to Victoria and find this most opportune. Off topic but how do we stand with a NSW eTag when driving in Victoria?


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