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

Concession travel on the NSW Opal public transport network is now a whole lot easier for seniors from the ACT. Transport Canberra in partnership with Transport for NSW has developed a new process that automatically validates ACT seniors' eligibility for concession travel in NSW.

ACT seniors are able to get a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card that does not expire, as long as they remain eligible. Transport for NSW is also removing the 60 day expiry on around 880 existing eligible ACT seniors' Gold Opal cards.

If you are over 61, 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 the South Highlands.

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.

Existing ACT Gold Opal cardholders are being reminded of the benefits of registering their card:

  • The balance can be protected if the card is lost, stolen or damaged
  • Customers can request a replacement Opal card, for free, and transfer the balance to the replacement card
  • Customers can check their travel history.

*Excludes the Sydney Airport Station access fee.

How do ACT Seniors Card holders apply for a Gold Opal Card that does not expire?

ACT seniors no longer have to apply using a paper-based application form for a NSW Gold Opal card. To apply you can go online to opal.com.au or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).

What do ACT Seniors Card holders need before they apply?

To complete the online application, seniors from the ACT will need:

  • first and last names exactly as Transport Canberra has them on file
  • date of birth
  • their Seniors Card identification number.

For further information for seniors and pensioners head to the Opal website or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).


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