Each State and Territory operates a Seniors Card and they not only save the holder a lot of money but open the door to a range of social activities.

To show how valuable a Seniors Card is, South Australian Seniors Card holders have collectively saved up to $5.1 million on Adelaide Metro travel costs since free all-day travel was introduced in July last year.

The 12 months from July 2022 saw a total patronage of 7,338,675 by Seniors Card holders – a monthly average of 611,556 and a 37% increase on the previous full financial year.

The eligibility rules for a Seniors Card are different in each State and Territory. In South Australia, a person has to be:

  • Aged 60 years or older;
  • A permanent South Australian resident;
  • Not working more than 20 hours per week in paid employment (part-time and casual employees may average their hours over a 12 month period).

Fee or discounted travel is not the only saving found on a Seniors Card. In Victoria, for example, the Seniors Card entitles the holder to a discount directory and, in addition:

  • 5% discount on WISH Gift Cards that can be used for everyday expenses like groceries and household items at participating Woolworths Supermarkets, BIG W, Caltex Woolworths and EG branded fuel sites and more;
  • Up to 5% discount if you buy JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Priceline and many more e-Gift Cards online
  • An exclusive hardware gift card offer with a 5% discount on gift cards to Australian local hardware stores, and
  • 5% discount on supermarket shopping at IGA supermarkets when you purchase IGA gift cards to spend in store.

In addition, if a person receives certain payments from Services Australia, they will be entitled to a Pensioner Concession Card. If ineligible for a Pensioner Concession Card, a person may be able to get a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

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