Eligibility Requirements

Are you eligible for a Seniors Card?

To be eligible for an ACT Seniors Card, you must have turned 62 years of age, be a permanent resident of the ACT and not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week.

Note: As of 1 July 2019, eligibility requirements for an ACT Seniors Card changed and applicants now need to be 62 years of age to apply.   The Card will be available to new applicants born before 1 July 1958. The change in eligibility will not impact current Seniors Card holders. The eligibility change is a result of a 2016-17 budget decision to gradually raise the eligibility age to 65 years by July 2025.  Please follow this link to check age eligibility.

How do I get a Seniors Card?

Applications for a Seniors Card are available from Access Canberra Service Centres: (Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden, Gungahlin). ACT Public Libraries (Belconnen, Civic, Dickson, Erindale, Gungahlin, Kippax, Tuggeranong, Woden) or the Council on the Ageing Office, Hughes Community Centre, Hughes.

Please note applications are not available online.

When completing an application form, you are required to provide proof of age and residency. Acceptable forms of identification include: Proof of Residency: Driver's Licence, ACT Government Invoice, Bank Papers, DSS Pension or DVA Pension Card. Proof of Birth: Drivers Licence, Birth Certificate or Extract, Australian Passport (Provides proof of birth date only).

Your application will be witnessed by shopfront, library or COTA staff, then you will be issued with a new Seniors Card and the current ACT Seniors Card Directory.

How do I get a Seniors Card if I am unable to go to a lodgement location?

You can nominate a representative who can obtain an application form for you from a lodgement location.

Complete the form in the presence of one of the following witnesses: Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Bank Manager, Doctor (Medical), Chemist, Police Officer, Minister of Religion, Lawyer, Post Master or Electoral Registrar.

The witness is to sight proof of age and residency. (see above for forms of identification). The witnesses name, signature and business stamp must appear on the application form.

The representative can then lodge the form at a lodgement location and a Seniors Card will be issued.