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.