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

    WA seniors urged to cash-in on Govt benefits

    14/07/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Seniors Card campaign to encourage all eligible WA seniors to access benefits
    • Benefits and concessions worth up to $1,450 a year
    • Plus extra discounts in the 2012-14 seniors’ discount directory launched today
    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched a public awareness campaign aimed at making sure all Western Australian seniors were taking advantage of the benefits they were entitled to under the WA Seniors Card scheme.

    The print and radio campaign starting today encourages WA seniors to check their eligibility for a card and make sure they are not missing out on the $1,450 in potential savings.

    “Although about 330,000 West Australians are enjoying the benefits of the most generous Seniors Card scheme in Australia, it is estimated up to 80,000 eligible seniors are missing out,” Mrs McSweeney said. 

    “Active and independent ageing is a priority of the State Government and this campaign will inform eligible seniors about the rebates, payments and concessions they can access to make their lives easier.”

    Discounts on offer include up to 25 per cent off local government rates (up to $264.65) and water service charges (up to $255); $147 off the electricity bill (increasing to $200 in October); and free public transport all weekends, public holidays and 9am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

    “We hope these savings will keep our seniors active and happy members of our community for years to come,” the Minister said.

    Mrs McSweeney was speaking at the launch of the 2012-2014 Seniors Card Discount Directory.

    As well as State Government concessions, more than 500 businesses offer discounts to seniors card holders through the Seniors Card Discount Directory, which will be distributed to households in the coming week. 

    Cost of Living Rebate payments, this year worth $155.25 for singles and $232.90 for couples, started this month. So far the Liberal-National Government has paid out more than $114million in cost of living rebates to WA seniors since introducing the scheme in 2008.

    WA seniors can also access a $400 one-off safety and security rebate to help make their homes safer. 

          Fact File
    • In 1988, Western Australia established the first Seniors Card program in Australia
    • To be eligible for a WA Seniors Card applicants must be:
      • aged 60 years or more
      • a permanent resident of Western Australia
      • work 25 hours  or less a week, averaged over a year  
    • To apply for a seniors card call 6551 8800 or visit http://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au
    Minister's office - 6552 6500