2 April 2024

New government online hub to help NSW seniors save

| James Day
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The Senior Cards Discounts and Deal map on the online hub includes a list of retailers that accept the Seniors Card, including participating chemists, healthcare services, retailers and restaurants. Photo: Ridofranz.

A new online information hub has been launched by the NSW Government to make it easier for people aged over 65 to manage financially during the cost-of-living crisis.

One in six NSW residents is aged over 65, with about two-thirds of Australian seniors receiving a government pension or allowance as their main source of income.

The hub provides a single resource for seniors to find financial assistance, along with links to more than 10 other government resources.

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Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Jihad Dib said cost-of-living pressures were impacting people across the state, and having a central online resource tailored to seniors’ needs would help in finding support and advice.

“Our new online seniors’ hub can help people locate nearby discounts and deals for the Seniors Card and the Senior Saver Card using an interactive map,” Mr Dib said.

“We encourage any senior residents seeking information from the NSW Government to check the seniors’ hub.”

  • The hub also contains key relevant topics, including:
    • Managing finances – how to apply for a Seniors Card and guides on energy rebates.
    • Household emergency plan – how to prepare for bushfires, floods and heatwaves.
    • Health – how to maintain healthy bones, what to look for in symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
    • Driving and transport – information on what is needed to renew a driver’s licence after 70.
    • Housing and care – information about care and help at home, short-term care, and aged-care homes.
    • Life events – what to include in a will and information on power of attorney.

For the one in three senior Australian residents born overseas and 18 per cent who speak a language other than English at home, the hub provides dozens of languages using online web translation services.

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NSW Government Digital Channels executive director Mark Higgs said the hub, as part of the OneCX program, provided information from 17 State and Federal government initiatives.

Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison said it was important to create an inclusive society for seniors.

“Instead of having to search around for information, this one-stop shop offers Senior Card deals, discounts and useful information on managing finances, having an emergency plan and latest updates on what is happening in the state,” Ms Harrison said.

“It’s important that we create an inclusive society for seniors. The NSW Government is committed to supporting them so they can age well and thrive.”

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