Applications are open for the expanded 2022 NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card, allowing even more seniors to pocket $250 to help with everyday travel costs.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the popular initiative, which has seen more than 690,000 cards issued to regional seniors since the start of 2020, has been extended for another two years.
“The NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card has been an overwhelming success, ensuring seniors in rural, regional and remote areas of the State are able to offset some of their costs for getting to the shops, to medical appointments, staying connected locally and with friends and family living in other parts of the State,” Mr Toole said.
“We know what a difference this is making to the lives of our regional seniors, so we’ve committed $246 million to continue the program until the end of 2023, as well as expand the eligibility to include seniors who are carers and those with disabilities.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said eligible applicants will receive a $250 pre-paid Visa card that can be used for fuel, taxis, pre-booked NSW TrainLink Regional trains and coaches, and select community transport services.
“By putting an extra $250 in the pockets of our regional seniors, we are boosting access to safe and convenient travel, as well as reducing the burden on people who often have fewer transport options than those living in the city,” Mr Farraway said.
“This initiative has also injected more than $131 million into regional economies, benefitting local taxi operators and fuel stations.”
In addition to the existing criteria, seniors can apply for a travel card if they are eligible for the Age Pension and receiving either a Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment from Services Australia.
Applications for the 2022 NSW Regional Seniors Travel Card are open now, and will close on 30 November. Eligible participants will also be able to apply for a 2023 Regional Seniors Travel Card in early 2023, meaning more ongoing financial support for essential travel costs.
The 2022 cards are contactless, making payments safer and easier for card holders, and are made from 85.5% recycled plastic. With the latest COVID-19 health advice, seniors are strongly advised to apply online or call 13 77 88 rather than visit a service centre.
More information can be found at service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel