Swan Hills seniors in line for Cost of Living Rebates

Swan Hills seniors in line for Cost of Living Rebates

SENIORS in the Swan Hills electorate can expect their Cost of Living Rebate payment to be deposited in their bank account by Monday.

Swan Hills Frank Alban MLA said more than 300,000 WA Seniors Card holders will share in more than $22 million worth of payments, with singles and couples to receive $83.85 and $128 respectively.

The WA Liberal-National Government is the only State Government that provides a cash payment to its senior cardholders in recognition of the increasing cost pressure of daily life.

“The State Government recognises that that many seniors are living on low and fixed incomes,” Mr Alban said.

“This rebate is just one way to support our seniors and to acknowledge them for the enormous contribution they have made, and continue to make, to their local communities.”

Since the introduction of the rebate in 2008, the State Government has made more than $218 million in payments.

WA Seniors Card holders who have not previously applied for this rebate must make an application on or before May 31 each year.

Mr Alban also urged all seniors to maximise the use of their WA Seniors Card by taking advantage of over $1000 in concessions throughout the year.

“West Australian seniors have access to the most generous suite of concessions in the country, including rebates across a wide range of State Government services from public transport to the cost of vehicle registration and entry to museums, galleries and national parks,” Mr Alban said.

WA Seniors Card holders are entitled to 14 different State Government concessions

Vehicle registration (50 per cent rebate)

TransWA services (50 per cent concession)

Photo ID Card (50 per cent rebate / 100 per cent rebate if you also hold CSHC)

Free public transport during off-peak times (over 53million free trips have been taken since 2008)

Spectacles subsidy (every two years up to $53.32)

Emergency services levy (25 per cent rebate / 50 per cent if you also hold CSHC)

Local government rates (25 per cent rebate capped / 50 per cent if you also hold CSHC)

Water service charges (25 per cent rebate capped / 50 per cent if you also hold CSHC)

Drivers licence (50 per cent rebate / 100 per cent rebate if you also hold CSHC)

Air-conditioning subsidy (in high heat discomfort areas only eg Pilbara)

Entry to museums/galleries (concession on entry fees)

Entry to national parks (concession on entry fees)

Fishing licence (50 per cent rebate)