National Seniors has welcomed NSW government moves to streamline access to public transport concessions for ACT seniors.
ACT residents holding a Seniors Card will now be able to obtain public transport concessions while travelling in NSW without having to reapply for a new concession card every 60 days, as was previously the case.
National Seniors members have been concerned about the impracticality of making seniors reapply for the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card every 60 days. As a result, National Seniors asked the NSW government to review this requirement as it was an unrealistic burden on seniors undertaking regular travel in NSW.
Transport for NSW has worked in partnership with Transport Canberra to develop a process to automatically validate ACT seniors’ eligibility for concession travel in NSW.
Senior ACT residents aged over 60, who are permanent residents of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week are eligible for the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards.
Existing ACT Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card holders will have their 60 day expiry removed and new applicants will be able to get a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card that does not expire, provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
National Seniors applauds this common sense change and hope that the same approach will be taken with regard to Seniors Card holders in other states and territories in the near future.