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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 414..


Holders of a Health Care Card are eligible for concessions on electricity, water and sewerage and public transport. Holders of a Health Care Card (unemployed) are eligible for concessions on drivers' licences. Holders of a Health Care Card (to which the applicant has been entitled for a continuous period in excess of three months) are eligible for concessions on spectacles.


Holders of an ACT Seniors Card are eligible for a partial rebate on motor vehicle registration, discounted off peak travel and a $35 rebate under the Seniors Spectacles Scheme.


ACT Students who hold, or whose parents/guardians hold a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card are eligible for free school bus passes.

(2) Expenditure under the ACT Concessions Program over the last three years has been $19,540,847 in 2000/01, $20,117,992 in 2001/02 and $21,294,838 in 2002/03.

(3) As at 30 June 2003, 24,235 pensioner households in the ACT were provided with an electricity rebate.

Seniors card

(Question No 1200)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to the ACT Seniors Card:

(1) How many individuals over 65 years of age are currently entitled to be holders of an ACT Seniors Card;

(2) How many individuals over 65 years of age are currently ACT Seniors Card holders.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The ACT Office for Ageing in the Chief Minister's Department has responsibility for the ACT Seniors Card. I am advised by that Office that:

(1) The ACT Seniors Card is available to ACT citizens 60 and over. As at June 2003, in the order of 38,000 Canberrans (60 and over) were eligible for the Card.

(2) As at June 2003, 35,564 (or about 95%) of Canberrans 60 and over were ACT Seniors Card holders.

Water and sewerage rebates

(Question No 1202)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:


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