Page 866 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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The ACT Seniors Card program is part of an Australia-wide scheme which recognises the contribution of older people to society and supports them to stay active in the community. It provides our older Canberrans with access to savings on a whole range of goods and services provided by government and participating businesses. The Council on the Ageing ACT administers this program on behalf of the ACT government. I want to thank them for their ongoing work to support seniors and to continue to administer that program.

The program also allows for older Canberrans to access some reciprocal discounts in other states and territories. So a government response to any potential changes to the Seniors Card program needs to take all of these things into consideration.

As of 1 July 2020, the eligibility age for the ACT Seniors Card was lowered from 62 years of age to 60 years, which means more Canberrans have become eligible. There are approximately 77,000 Canberrans who hold an ACT Seniors Card at the moment. This is why it is so important that a review of this is carefully considered. There are 378 businesses who participate in the program. I will provide a further update to the Assembly on this review as soon as I can.

MS LAWDER: Is the review on track to be completed in the next day or two? As I said in my question, it was due to be completed by March and as you in your answer said, it was due to be completed by March. Will it be completed in March 2023?

MS DAVIDSON: I think actually the really important element of what happens with the review is what the ACT government does next with considering that report
or making—

Ms Lawder: A point of order, Madam Speaker, as to relevance. I asked about next steps in my original question, which the minister did not answer. I also asked in my original question about the March 2023 date. My second question was: will it be completed by March 2023? That is the single question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you respond to that element of the question, Ms Davidson?

MS DAVIDSON: I will take on notice what date the review is completed by. But I think it is really important to know that the ACT government will also need to then discuss and consider what we do next with the review report once it becomes available.

MR HANSON: Given that you have commissioned the report, why do you not know what you are going to do with it?

MS DAVIDSON: As I was saying in my earlier answer, the ACT Seniors Card provides older Canberrans with access to savings on a whole range of goods and services that are provided by government and participating businesses. This is part of being an age-friendly city. That is, that we take a whole-of-government approach to how we can best support seniors. This means, if we are going to make major changes to any kind of program, we take the opportunity to discuss this across government and make sure we are all working together to do the best that we can—


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