Celebrating seniors all month long

October 5, 2023 BY

Premier and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, at a recent visit to U3A Bendigo Men’s Hobby Day.

Member for Bendigo East and Premier Jacinta Allan is encouraging everyone to enjoy Victorian Seniors Festival this October.


THE Victorian Seniors Festival is back for 2023!

The festival, which will run throughout October, will include thousands of opportunities for older Victorians and their families and friends to participate in free and low-cost events, activities, and entertainment.

During the festival, Victorian Seniors Card holders will get eight days of free public transport, from Sunday 1 October to Sunday 8 October, so you can get out and explore attractions across Melbourne as well as regional and rural Victoria.

A list of events being held throughout the Seniors Festival can be found at seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/festival-calendar.

The Victorian Seniors Card was introduced in 1991, with more than one million Victorian Seniors now holding a card.

Ms Allan at the opening of Huntly Station in 2022 with Charles and Keith.

The Seniors Card encourages people to continue to keep active and engaged in the community by providing incentives and making it more affordable to get out and about.

To be eligible for the card, you need to meet these three criteria:

– Be 60 years of age or older;

– Work less than 35 hours per week in paid employment; and

– Be a permanent resident of Australia, residing in Victoria.

Seniors Card holders receive numerous benefits, including discounts from over 4000 participating businesses across Victoria.

To apply for a Seniors Card, submit an application form online at seniorsonline.vic.gov.au or contact my office for assistance.

Victorian Seniors Card holders are also eligible for a Seniors myki, which provides the following benefits:

– A 50 per cent discount on trains, trams, and buses, including V/Line trains and coaches.

– Free weekend travel in any two consecutive zones and on regional town buses.

– Access to free off-peak travel vouchers each year.

For more information about the Seniors myki can be found at ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/concessions-and-free-travel/seniors.