• ACT Seniors Week 2017

    Seniors Week 2017

    ACT Seniors Week encourages older Canberrans to Love Later Life!
    With a fantastic variety of exhibitors in a bigger and better venue, this year’s expo
    will be an essential visit on your Seniors Week to do list!

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  • ACT Seniors Card

    ACT Seniors Card

    What is a Seniors Card?
    Find out how to apply, what discounts are available and how you can find more information.

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  • What We Do

    What we do

    We work with older Canberrans to shape a more just and equitable community
    in which older people participate and contribute to their fullest capacity.

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  • Support Services

    How we can help

    COTA ACT provide a range of services for older people and their carers/families in the ACT.

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  • Positive Ageing Awards

    Nominations for the Positive Ageing Awards

    Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for older Canberrans? Why not nominate them for a Positive Ageing Award.

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  • Changes in age eligibility for ACT Seniors Cards

    From 1 July 2017, the eligibility age for applying for an ACT Seniors Card will increase to 61 years.
    This follows an announcement in the 2016-17 ACT Budget, where the eligibility age for the ACT Seniors Card will be gradually increased to 65 years by 1 July 2025.
    The change in eligibility age will not impact current Seniors Card holders.

    Read the full media release here.

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  • COTA ACT is pleased to announce that CEO, Jenny Mobbs, has been appointed to the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA).

    The Council provides strategic advice to the Minister for Ageing on issues affecting older citizens in the ACT. The Council had a key role in developing the ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015 - 2018 and continues to provide advice on its implementation.

    Read the full media release below.

    Released 01/06/2017

    Minister for Veterans and Seniors, Gordon Ramsay, today announced the appointment of eight members to make a new ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA).

    The MACA provides strategic advice to the ACT Government on issues affecting older people in the ACT. The council assists the Government to develop and implement positive ageing policies, in order to advance the status and interest of older people.

    “Today we welcome Fiona May (Chair), Professor Robin Creyke (Vice Chair), Sue Schreiner, Jennifer Mobbs, David Rymer, Greg Fraser, Elizabeth Samra, and Chris Redmond as members to the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing,” Mr Ramsay said.

    “It is wonderful to welcome such an experienced and diverse group of representatives to the council as a link between older members of our community and the ACT Government.

    “The new council brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in areas such as law, advocacy, and the community sector. The members have all demonstrated their on-going commitment to seniors’ affairs in their professional or personal lives – together they make a very impressive advisory council.”

    “I would like to express my gratitude to the outgoing Council members, particularly to the outgoing Chair David Lawrance and outgoing Deputy Chair Viola Kalokerinos.”

    The MACA performs a range of important roles for older people in Canberra in line with the ACT Active Ageing Action Plan 2015-2018 including to:

    • Undertake research, monitor and provide advice on positive ageing matters referred by the Minister for Veterans and Seniors or raised as a result of community consultation;
    • Evaluate and provide advice on ACT Government positive ageing policies and programs affecting the community and recommend changes where necessary; and
    • Consult with relevant community organisations and individuals to identify concerns  and propose action, and act as a link between these organisations and the ACT Government.

    For further information on the MACA go to: http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/wac/ageing/advisory_council_on_ageing.

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  • Is the mental health of older Australians living in care any less important than for everyone else? 

    Over 175,000 older Australians living in residential aged care are ineligible to access Medicare-funded mental health treatment through the Better Access to Mental Health Care program.

    Please sign the petition calling on the new Health Minister to step in and fix it: www.healthforolderAustralians.org.au

    The new Minister for Health needs to make this an urgent and early priority. We are calling on him to take it to Cabinet where the government must agree to reverse this so that nursing home residents have the same access to mental health services as everyone else.

    Older Australians and their families are calling for him to support this; and the mental health community are also championing the need for change.

    Our frailest older Australians deserve the best care we can offer.

    SIGN THE PETITION www.healthforolderAustralians.org.au

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  • COTA ACT is looking for enthusiastic, engaged individuals to join our Policy Committee. We seek candidates with a range of skills.
     
    Policy Committee members need to be motivated to share COTA ACT's values and aims about promoting seniors’ needs & rights in the ACT community. We seek to empower ACT seniors to play a greater role in influencing their lifestyles and future wellbeing as ACT residents. We want to deliver high quality services that are tailored to individuals' needs throughout the ageing spectrum. A good policy & research base is essential for this to happen. We're also working to diversify COTA ACT to effectively represent all areas of the ageing journey. Important populations for COTA ACT include people over 50, those that experience marginalisation in our community, those that have specific needs or simply those who require a stronger voice.

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  • Concession travel on the NSW Opal public transport network is now a whole lot easier for ACT Seniors Card holders.

    From Monday 31 October 2016, Transport Canberra has partnered with Transport NSW to automatically validate ACT seniors' eligibility for concession travel in NSW. Transport NSW has also removed the 60 day expiry on ACT seniors' Gold Opal Cards.

    “COTA ACT has been working with Transport Canberra for close to a year to make applying for a NSW Opal Card easier for Seniors Card holders in the ACT. The new process is just one example of how COTA ACT partners with government to improve services for seniors in the ACT.

    “Seniors with an early ACT Seniors Card (ie one that has six numbers, as opposed to nine in the current cards) will need to apply for a card upgrade in order to apply for an Opal card. New, replacement and upgrade ACT Seniors Cards are available from the COTA ACT office in Hughes, at ACT Libraries and Access Canberra shopfronts,” 

    If you are over 60, a permanent resident of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week, you are eligible for an ACT Seniors Card and a Gold Opal card, giving you concession travel capped at $2.50 a day* across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

    *Excludes Sydney Airport Station access fee

    Download the media release here.

     

    OPAL card registration not working?
    • How many numbers are on your Seniors Card? The new system requires your card to have nine numbers to be processed. If you have an older card with five numbers you will need to upgrade your card.
    • When did you apply for your Seniors Card? It takes up to 7 business days for the Transport Canberra and NSW Opal Card databases to sync details so you can apply for an Opal card.
    If you have confirmed all of this and your registration is not processing you will need to confirm your card validity (see section above 'Why is my Seniors / MyWay Card not working": http://www.cotaact.org.au/services/seniors-card-my-way). This can be done through the COTA ACT Office on 6282 3777.

     

     

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ACT Seniors Card

seniorscardIf you are 61 or over, a permanent resident of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week you are eligible for an ACT Seniors Card.
 
An ACT Seniors Card (which is combined with a MyWay card) entitles card bearers to a savings on a range of goods and services from participating businesses, as well as concessional travel on public transport. 
 
The ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory website gives you all of the information you need on:
  • obtaining an ACT Seniors Card
  • finding out what discounts and savings are available to card holders
  • information for businesses on how to participate
*Please note: as of 1 July 2017, eligibility requirements for ACT Seniors Cards changed and applicants need to be 61 years to apply for an ACT Seniors Card.
 
  
 

Services

  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • The Seniors Information Line
  • Referrals to community organisations
  • Services for older people and their carers
  • Social Groups & Support Groups

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Council on the Ageing (ACT)
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2 Wisdom Street Hughes ACT 2605
Telephone: 02 6282 3777
Fax: 02 6285 3422
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