Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    State Budget 2012-13: Supporting our Community - Government delivers better deal for seniors

    31/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • Increase in Cost of Living Rebate
    • Extension of Safety and Security Rebate scheme
    The State Government had delivered on its promise for a better deal for seniors in Western Australia, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney said today.

    “This State now has the most generous Seniors Card program in Australia, with up to $1,400 worth of benefits offered a year, including up to $400 in one-off safety and security rebates,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “After the recent 2012-13 State Budget was handed down, concessions and benefits offered to WA Seniors Card holders will rise to $1,450 a year from October.

    “We promised to help seniors with living expenses and this year we have ensured the Cost of Living Rebate will rise in line with CPI to $155.25 for singles and $232.90 for couples.

    “This cost of living payment was introduced by the Liberal-National Government and is evidence this Government is making real changes to address real issues facing the community.  We are listening to the people of WA.

    “So far WA seniors have shared in $76million in cost of living rebates and nearly 300,000 WA Seniors Card holders will benefit from the payment in 2012.”

    Throughout 2012, WA Seniors Card holders can also benefit from concessions on:

    •  council and water rates
    • driver’s licence and vehicle licence fees
    • electricity bill rebate of $147 (increasing to $200 in October)
    • free public transport travel between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays and all day on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
    • spectacles
    • entry fees to national parks, Western Australian Museum and Maritime Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Zoo and Rottnest Island Authority
    • recreational fishing licences
    • a 50 per cent concession on all point-to-point travel on Transwa regional coaches and trains.
    “The Seniors Card helps household budgets and is the Government’s way of thanking seniors for their contribution to the community,” the Minister said.

    “We also said safety and security for seniors was a top priority.  We introduced a $200 security rebate in 2009, expanded it to $400 to include safety items in 2010 and extended the application period this year to allow more seniors to apply.”

    The Liberal-National Government’s safety and security scheme offers a one-off rebate of up to $400 when eligible devices such as home intruder alarms, deadlocks, security door screens and fire extinguishers are installed.

    More than 27,000 rebates have been paid since the scheme’s inception in 2009.

    “Through these initiatives the Government is supporting our community by delivering targeted programs to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of WA seniors,” Mrs McSweeney said. 
            Fact File
    • WA Seniors Card-holders have shared in $76m cost of living rebates since scheme’s introduction by the Govt in 2009
    • Since expanding the eligibility criteria for the Seniors Card in 2011, more than 20,000 additional seniors have been able to apply for the Seniors Card
    • With the extension of the safety & security rebate, even more vulnerable seniors in the community will be able to feel safer in their own homes. More than $4.5m has been paid for successful claims to date
    • Govt has established the Seniors Ministerial Advisory Council to consult with seniors & provide input to the Minister for Seniors
    • Through the Government’s Royalties for Regions, the Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme provides up to $500 per annum towards the cost of transport for eligible pensioners living in regional areas. To date 45,000 aged pension fuel cards have been issued
    • Govt has continued to support the expansion & promotion of the WA Seniors Card with the new 2012-14 Seniors Card Discount Directory, which lists more than 500 businesses, to be distributed to all Seniors Card holders in July 2012
    • For full list of benefits for seniors visit:  http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au 

    WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6500