NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card: here to stay?
ON 16 June it was announced that the Regional Seniors Travel Card will run for an additional two years.
The card gives eligible seniors living in regional NSW $250 to use on transport costs including fuel, taxi fares and pre-booked NSW TrainLink train and coach services.
This time around eligibility for the card has extended. From 1 January 2022, eligible applicants will include people of Age Pension age (which is 66 years and 6 months from 1 July 2021) receiving either an Age Pension, a Disability Support Pension, a Carer Payment, a Service Pension, a War Widow(er)’s Pension as well as people who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
The inclusion of Disability Support Pensioners and Carer Payment recipients is a great improvement to the scheme. However, the scheme still excludes older people in receipt of the JobSeeker Payment.