Western Australia Minister for Seniors and Volunteering Robyn McSweeney
Reminder To Apply For Annual Seniors Card Cost Of Living Rebate Payment
Victor P Taffa
The Western Australia State Government’s annual Cost of Living Rebate payments will start from late July to current Seniors Card holders who received the rebate in 2009.
In 2009, 231,370 WA Seniors Card holders received the Cost of Living Rebate totalling approximately $19.8 Million.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney has today encouraged eligible WA seniors aged over 60; who are permanent residents of WA, and do not work more than 20 hours a week and who are not yet card holders, to apply for a Seniors Card before May 31, to allow them to access the rebate.
“The State Government’s commitment to a better deal for seniors recognises the enormous contribution WA seniors have made, and continue to make, to their local communities.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“The 2010-11 Budget allocated $26.8 Million to continue to deliver the annual Cost of Living Rebate and a further $2.5 Million to support the further take-up of the Seniors Safety and Security Rebate for Seniors Card holders.”
“In 2010, the rebate paid will be $104.80 for a single Seniors Card holder and $157.22 for couples living in the same household where both partners have a Seniors Card.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
The Minister said Seniors Card holders who received a payment in 2009 did not need to do anything to receive their annual payment this year. If Seniors Card holders’ bank account details had changed they needed to provide their updated details to the Seniors Card Centre.
“Any new applicants for the rebate will have until May 31 to submit a completed form to receive their annual rebate into their nominated bank account.” the Minister said.
“I also encourage Seniors Card holders who did not apply for the rebate in 2009, to apply for a payment this year by lodging a form with the Seniors Card Centre by May 31.”