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Seniors Card: Guide for Australian Senior Citizens

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The benefits of having a seniors card

Having a seniors card can be hugely beneficial to older consumers, as it enables them to get a wide range of discounts, special offers and great deals on a wide variety of goods and services, which means that they could essentially save a fair amount of money each year simply through the use of their card.

Each state and territory will have its own scheme in place, so you would need to make your application based on where you reside. Also, based on the area in which you reside you will be able to benefit from discounts on a variety of goods and services, as you will find that many retailers and businesses sign up to these cards in order to offer special deals and discounts to cardholders.

As many seniors will know from personal experience, affordability on many goods and services can be tight when you are on a pension or when you are nearing retirement and need to be more mindful about what you spend. These seniors cards can make a big different to the amount that eligible seniors end up paying for various goods and services, making them ideal for those who want to be able to cut costs and enjoy easy access to some great offers.

You will find that over the years these cards and schemes have become increasingly popular and many now have hundreds of businesses on board who offer discounts and deals for cardholders, which means an even wider choice of products and services and even better deals at your fingertips. The fact that these cards are available free of charge to seniors who are eligible in terms of age and residency means that there is nothing to lose at all by applying for one of these cards and everything to gain.

Things to take into consideration about the seniors card

If you are looking to benefit from the seniors card there are a number of things that you should take into consideration. You need to ensure that you are eligible for the card and you should bear in mind that each state has its own scheme, so you should make your application accordingly based on where you are a resident. Some of the things that you should bear in mind include:

  • Checking eligibility: These cards are made available to recognise the contribution of seniors across Australia but there are still eligibility criteria in place that need to be adhered to. Therefore, you should check the eligibility for the senior card scheme in your particular state or territory to ensure that this is something that you can comply with before you make your application. Your age and place of residence will be amongst the important criteria that you need to look at in order to get one of these cards
  • The benefits on offer: The number of businesses that are signed up to these schemes and the range of service and goods available via the schemes, will vary from one scheme and area to another. Some schemes may have a larger number of businesses on board than others. However, all of the schemes across Australia offer a good mix of businesses that have signed up to offer cardholders special deals, discounts and offers, which you can check in the directory that comes with the scheme in your own area
  • Application for the card: If you are eligible for the seniors card in your area, you need to determine the best way to make your application. There are usually a number of options and the easiest for most people will be an online application, which offers ease and convenience. However, you can also complete a hard copy application and post it off to get your card

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Westpac Life (18-29 year olds only)

3 % p.a.

max rate

0.40 % p.a.

standard variable rate

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Under 30? You can earn an ongoing, variable 3% p.a. each month you grow your balance (excluding interest earned) and make 5+ transactions from your linked Westpac Choice transaction account. This bonus rate offer is available on balances up to $30,000 for customers aged 18-29.

  • Maximum Rate: 3% p.a.
  • Standard Variable Rate: 0.4% p.a.
  • Monthly deposit required: $1
  • Monthly fees: $0
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Name Product Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Interest Earned
Westpac Life (18-29 year olds only)
3%
0.4%
2.6%
$0
Under 30? You can earn an ongoing, variable 3% p.a. each month you grow your balance (excluding interest earned) and make 5+ transactions from your linked Westpac Choice transaction account. This bonus rate offer is available on balances up to $30,000 for customers aged 18-29.
Westpac Life (18-29 year olds only)
0.85%
0.4%
0.45%
$0
Under 30? You can earn an ongoing, variable 0.85% p.a. each month you grow your balance (excluding interest earned) and make 5+ transactions from your linked Westpac Choice transaction account. This bonus rate offer is available on balances up to $30,000 for customers aged 18-29.
MyState Bank Bonus Saver Account
1.65%
0.15%
1.5%
$0
Ongoing, variable 1.65% p.a. when you deposit at least $20 into the account each month and make five or more Visa Debit card transactions from a linked MyState transaction account.
Citibank Online Saver
1.55%
0.35%
1.2%
$0
Introductory rate of 1.55% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 0.35% p.a. Available on balances Up to $500,000.
Citibank Online Saver
0.35%
0.35%
0%
$0
Introductory rate of 0.35% p.a. for months, reverting to a rate of 0.35% p.a. Available on balances Up to $500,000.
Westpac Life
0.85%
0.4%
0.45%
$0
Ongoing, variable 0.85% p.a. each month you deposit money, and make sure your balance is higher at the end of the month than it was at the beginning. No monthly account-keeping fee.
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Name Product Card access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Monthly Account Fee
HSBC Everyday Global Account
Visa
$0
$0
Special offer: $100 cash bonus for new HSBC customers.
Earn 2% cashback on tap and pay purchases (T&C's apply).
Enjoy no minimum ongoing balance or transaction requirements and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies. Apple Pay and Google Pay available.
Westpac Choice
Mastercard
$0
$2,000
Special offer: $50 cash bonus for new customers (T&Cs apply).
$5 waivable monthly account fee.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month, are under 21 or if you meet other eligibility criteria. Access more than 50,000 ATMs globally for free via the Global ATM Alliance.
NAB Classic Banking
Visa
$0
$0
Enjoy convenient, unlimited access to your money.
$0 monthly account fee.

Tap and pay with your NAB Visa Debit card or your phone using Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or NAB Pay for Android. Temporarily block your card at the touch of a button if you lose it.
Suncorp Everyday Options Account
Visa
$0
$0
Link up to 9 interest-earning sub accounts.
$0 monthly account keeping fees.
Earn interest on your linked sub accounts to help you save for individual goals, with no account fees to pay. Make contactless payments using Google Pay and Apple Pay.
MyState Bank Glide Account
Visa
$0
$0
Simplify your everyday banking with these sleek digital features.
$0 monthly account fee.
Choose the way you pay with access to Google, Samsung and Apple Pay plus Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. Send and receive money in less than 60 seconds with PayID.
St.George Complete Freedom Account
Visa
$0
$2,000
Special offer: $50 cash bonus for new customers (T&Cs apply).
$5 waivable monthly account fee.
Monthly account fee waived if you deposit at least $2,000 a month. No account fees for students and customers under 21.
P&N Bank & Transaction Account
Visa
$0
$0
Pay no monthly account keeping fee with no ongoing deposit conditions to meet. Link your Visa Debit card to Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay to make contactless payments with your phone, and use PayID to send and receive money instantly.
CUA Everyday Snap Account
Visa
$0
$0
Refund of international ATM withdrawal fees and international card transaction fees (conditions apply). Refund of overdrawn fees.
$0 monthly account fee. Unlimited fee-free everyday transactions.
Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available. Savings Top Up tool automatically transfers to linked savings account.
Citi Global Currency Account
Mastercard
$0
$0
Earn up to 0.9% p.a. interest on your AUD balance.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy one linked debit card to hold up to 10 currencies and receive foreign currencies for free.
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MyState Bank Online Term Deposit
0.65%
0.60%
0.60%
0.65%
0.65%
0.90%
1.00%
Single or joint account-holders can apply online with MyState's online application process.
Pay no account setup or ongoing fees and choose a term length between 3 months and 2 years, with interest paid at maturity.
Citibank Term Deposit $10,000
0.55%
-
-
0.55%
-
0.55%
-
Suited to customers with deposits between $10,000 and $249,999.
This term deposit is for new Citibank customers only
Citibank Term Deposit 250K
0.90%
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-
0.90%
-
-
-
A short-term investment option with a guaranteed rate of return.
Suited to customers with deposits over $250,000.
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    PaulFebruary 27, 2019

    Hi there, I am 60 years of age on long term DSP since year 2000. I’m not working & have dual custody & equal rights to a 12 year old daughter. Am I eligible to apply for Seniors card? Thank You. Awaiting for a response.

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      NikkiFebruary 28, 2019

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As it says on our page, “You should check the eligibility for the senior card scheme in your particular state or territory to ensure that this is something that you can comply with before you make your application. Your age and place of residence will be amongst the important criteria that you need to look at in order to get one of these cards.”

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    NurellMay 16, 2017

    Hi. I am inquiring for my Father, if you are over 68yrs, permanent resident of WA and work full-time, are you entitled to any seniors card or concession card to help with the medical bills etc?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      HaroldMay 17, 2017Staff

      Hi Nurell,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The eligibility criteria differs between states, but generally you need to be a resident of the state you’re applying for. You can also find out more on the Australian Government website.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    iloSeptember 12, 2016

    I am 65 year old living in NSW, if I continue to work, am I eligible for any government contributions, few years ago was if you work more than your retirement age you can get funds from Centrelink as a bonus for your contribution to work.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ClarizzaSeptember 20, 2016Staff

      Hi Ilo,

      Thanks for your question.

      To be eligible for Age Pension, you must be 65 years old or older. You must also be an Australian resident. You may find our guide on Australian Age Pension useful.

      Hope this has helped.

      Clarizza

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    NeilFebruary 22, 2016

    I’m 65 going on 66,working 76hrs a fortnight,can I get a seniors card,I’m in victoria

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyFebruary 22, 2016Staff

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your question.

      To be eligible you need to be working less than 35 hours per week in paid employment, or fully retired.

      Hope this helps.

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    WendyAugust 28, 2015

    Can I apply for an Australian seniors card to use while travelling in Australia for 5 months? I reside in Canada but am an Australian citizen. I am 64 years old. Thank you. Wendy.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ElizabethAugust 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for your question.

      Eligibility for the Australian Seniors Card differs between states, but generally you need to be a resident of the state you’re applying for the card in so you may not be eligible. You can find out more on the Australian Government website.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    PAULAugust 27, 2015

    In December 2014 I received a letter from Hon David Davis MP Minister for Health re new Seniors Business Discount Card to be introduced in 2015 for Victorians aged 60 or over who are working full time.It explained discounts etc & that information on how to apply for the Card would be provided in 2015.
    I have not received any further information,is there a way for me to apply for the new Seniors Business Card?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyAugust 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your question.

      It seems like the Seniors Business card is not available for application, based on the information provided online.

      The regular Seniors card is still available for application, if you’d like to check it out here.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    RobynJune 2, 2015

    My friend wants to apply for a Victorian Seniors Card, where can she obtain the forms from? Thanks.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ElizabethJune 3, 2015Staff

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can pick up an application form from an Australia Post outlet, or you can download and print a form from the Seniors Online website. Once you’ve filled out the form you’ll need to send it to the Seniors Card Program (the address should be printed on the form). It takes between three and four weeks for your card to be delivered.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    IanMarch 29, 2015

    can I get a health care cad if I work full time but I am going on 66 please could you tell me thanks

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyMarch 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Ian,

      Thanks for your question.

      NSW permanent residents aged 60 or over, who do no more than 20 hours of paid work a week on average across a 12 month period, can apply for a NSW Seniors Card.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    WendyMarch 13, 2015

    Where do I go to apply for a Seniors Card online?

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    MaxMarch 12, 2015

    Can I get Heath care card at 65 even if I am still working

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyMarch 12, 2015Staff

      Hi Max,

      Thanks for your question.

      On the Centrelink website it states that, “you may be eligible for a Health Care Card if you get specific payments or supplements from Centrelink or the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.

      You will be automatically issued a Health Care Card if you are residing in Australia and you get:
      Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Youth Allowance as a job seeker, Partner Allowance, Parenting Payment partnered, Widow Allowance, Special Benefit, Carer Payment for short-term or episodic care under 6 months, the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A, Mobility Allowance if you are not receiving Disability Support Pension or Carer Allowance caring for a child under 16 years or Farm Household Allowance.”

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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