Free photo ID for seniors and carers
AGEING and Disability Services Minister Andrew Constance and Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced that photo identification cards are now free to NSW seniors and carers.
"We have delivered on another important election commitment for the State's seniors," Mr Constance said.
"During the 2011 election campaign, the NSW Liberals and Nationals pledged we would provide this important cost saving to seniors.
"In recognition of the important role carers play in our community, the NSW Government has also decided free NSW Photo Cards should be made available to carers - going beyond the commitment made at the election.
"I hope this saving will ease the cost of living burden on the State's seniors and carers - they sure deserve it."
Mr Gay explained the free card is available only to eligible seniors and carers who do not have a NSW driver's licence.
"This concession means 200,000 NSW residents on a Centrelink carers allowance or those with a NSW Seniors Card are now eligible to receive a NSW Photo Card free of charge," Mr Gay said.
"We understand our seniors are doing it tough with Labor's carbon tax adding consideration pressure to power bills."
Chief executive officer of Council on the Ageing NSW, Ian Day, welcomed the announcement and said it will help seniors and carers to be engaged in their local communities.
"It's pleasing to see that a number of government departments have worked together to successfully deliver this free ID card," Mr Day said.
"Any measure that helps older people continue to play an active role in their communities is to be applauded."
The card previously cost $48 for five years. Eligible carers and Seniors Card holders may apply for their free Photo Card at any Roads and Maritime Services registry.
It is expected to cost the NSW Government around $1 million over five years.