Eligibility Requirements

Are you eligible for a Seniors Card?

To be eligible for an ACT Seniors Card, you must have turned 62 years of age, be a permanent resident of the ACT and not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week.

Eligibility Age Lowered

In November 2019 The ACT Government announced that from July 2020 Canberrans aged 60 or over will be entitled to obtain a Senior’s Card.

The ACT Seniors Card provides –

  • a 10 per cent discount on motor vehicle registration;
  • 28 per cent for electric vehicle registration
  • concessional public transport fares at peak times and free travel at off peak times; and
  • a broad range of discounts from private businesses.
  • The Seniors Card also allows seniors to access reciprocal discounts in other States and Territories.

There are around 8,500 seniors in the ACT aged 60 and 61. To be eligible for the Card, seniors must not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week and be a permanent resident of the ACT.

How do I get a Seniors Card?

Applications for a Seniors Card are available from Access Canberra Service Centres: (Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden, Gungahlin). ACT Public Libraries (Belconnen, Civic, Dickson, Erindale, Gungahlin, Kippax, Tuggeranong, Woden) or the Council on the Ageing Office, Hughes Community Centre, Hughes.

Please note applications are not available online.

When completing an application form, you are required to provide proof of age and residency. Acceptable forms of identification include: Proof of Residency: Driver's Licence, ACT Government Invoice, Bank Papers, DSS Pension or DVA Pension Card. Proof of Birth: Drivers Licence, Birth Certificate or Extract, Australian Passport (Provides proof of birth date only).

Your application will be witnessed by shopfront, library or COTA staff, then you will be issued with a new Seniors Card and the current ACT Seniors Card Directory.

How do I get a Seniors Card if I am unable to go to a lodgement location?

You can nominate a representative who can obtain an application form for you from a lodgement location.

Complete the form in the presence of one of the following witnesses: Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Bank Manager, Doctor (Medical), Chemist, Police Officer, Minister of Religion, Lawyer, Post Master or Electoral Registrar.

The witness is to sight proof of age and residency. (see above for forms of identification). The witnesses name, signature and business stamp must appear on the application form.

The representative can then lodge the form at a lodgement location and a Seniors Card will be issued.