Here’s everything you need to know about the Victorian Seniors Card, including its history, some of the benefits it provides, the eligibility requirements and how to apply for one.
What kinds of discounts do you get with a Victorian Seniors Card?
The Victorian Seniors Card entitles holders to a number of benefits, many of which are discounts or concessions at participating stores and businesses. Victoria has particularly wide-ranging transport benefits for seniors when compared to other states.
Discounts at stores and businesses
The list of discounts afforded by a Victorian Seniors Card is quite extensive and is constantly being added to. If you want to find out more, the Victorian Seniors Card website has a handy discount directory, which allows you to search all current discounts by location and offer type.
As mentioned, Victoria offers generous public transport concessions for its seniors. Not only do Victorian Seniors Card-holders get a free myki card (usually $6, or $3 for a concession myki card), they also receive the following:
- 50% discount on full fares
- free travel on weekends in two consecutive zones
- two or four annual Victorian off-peak travel vouchers
- concession fares on V/Line (Victoria’s regional train service) trains and coaches.
Free Public Transport for Seniors next week from 8-15 October to celebrate Seniors Festival.
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— Maree Edwards MP (@mareeedwardsmp) October 5, 2017
Who is eligible for a Victorian Seniors Card?
To be eligible for a Victorian Seniors Card, you must be:
- 60 years of age or older
- Either working less than 35 paid hours a week or fully retired
- A permanent resident of Australia and living in Victoria
If you meet the residency and age requirements but not the work requirement, you may be eligible for a Seniors Business Discount Card rather than a Victorian Seniors Card.
How do I apply for a Victorian Seniors Card?
You can apply for a Victorian Seniors Card either online or by post. You can begin the online application process here, or visit an Australia Post outlet to pick up an application form.
While the discounts you get as a Victorian Seniors Card holder could make a difference in helping you save money in retirement, it’s still important to ensure you’ll have enough in super to fund your retirement in the first place. You can compare different super funds with Canstar to find the best one for you.