Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Small Business

    Extra support for thousands of WA’s seniors

    28/07/2021 2:30 PM
    • 312,000 Western Australian seniors to share in almost $25.5 million cost of living rebate payments
    • Singles to receive $93.12 and couples $139.64 this month
    • Payments to help seniors with the cost of daily expenses

    More than 312,000 Western Australian seniors will receive extra cash in their bank accounts this month, thanks to the McGowan Government's Cost of Living rebate.


    WA Seniors Card members will share in almost $25.5 million, with singles receiving a one-off payment of $93.12 and couples getting $139.64.


    The Cost of Living rebate was first launched in 2009 and has provided over $339 million in assistance to WA seniors, with payments helping to ease the financial strain of daily living expenses.


    The WA Seniors Card program provides members across the State with access to an average of $650 in total value each year and more if seniors also hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Pensioner Concession Card.


    The program provides members with access to more than 900 business discounts, offering great savings every day and assisting seniors with the cost of living.


    Applying for the WA Seniors Card is free of charge and it is readily available to Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 64, who reside in Western Australia and work less than 25 hours a week in paid employment.


    Further details on eligibility, benefits and applications are available via the program's website here.


    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:


    "The impact of COVID-19 on the cost of living has been evident for seniors, who often face the same financial commitments as they did before retirement but on reduced income.


    "The McGowan Government's Cost of Living rebate, which is only available for WA Seniors Card members, provides vital funds directly to our seniors to help ensure they can enjoy the quality of life they deserve.


    "The WA Seniors Card is the most generous of its kind in Australia and offers members a wide range of benefits to add value to everyday life."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900