Stay mobile and independent with these resources to help older people get around Boroondara.
Travel safety programs for seniors in Boroondara
We offer a range of free courses to help you remain mobile and connected and to travel confidently and safely in our community. Topics covered by different workshops include:
driving knowledge and updating skills, choosing a safe car, staying fit to drive
pedestrian safety and route planning
public transport usage, including an outing to ensure confidence with myki
taxis and community transport tips
the safer scooter wiser wheelchair program which looks at road rules, safety, support and choosing the right mobility device for you.
These workshops run occasionally throughout the year and are promoted on our website.
To find out more, contact our MetroAccess Project Officer on 9278 4777, TTY 9278 4848 or email: [email protected].
Public transport fares and concessions
Discounts on public transport fares are available to Pensioners, War Veterans and Widow(er)s, and Seniors Card holders.
To be eligible for a Seniors Card you must be over 60 and retired or working less than 35 hours per week. A Seniors Card entitles you to discounted fares at all times, free travel on weekends in the city, free off-peak travel vouchers for V/Line (country) trains and discounts with some businesses.
Find out more and apply for the Seniors Card on the Seniors Victoria website.
You may also be eligible for a free travel pass if you are legally blind, use a wheelchair or mobility scooter or have a disability. Carers are also eligible to receive a free travel pass. Find the full range of travel passes and concessions on the Public Transport Victoria website.
Assistance using public transport
Travellers Aid is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support, advice and assistance to those who need help using public transport. They have service centres at Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations where you can hire mobility equipment, get picked up by a buggy or arrange for a volunteer to accompany you to appointments in the city.
To find out more visit the Travellers Aid website.
Half price taxis
If you have a severe and permanent disability, your doctor can apply for you to get a 50 per cent discount on taxi fares. Find out more about the multi-purpose taxi program.
Many community groups and aged care service providers, including the City of Boroondara, offer transport services for those who are eligible.
Often they will have mini buses running set routes to take residents to and from shopping centres. Friendly drivers help passengers get their shopping and mobility devices on and off the bus. It's also a chance to have a chat with fellow passengers. Other supported trips include social activities like seniors groups and outings to places of interest around Melbourne and beyond.
There are also different volunteer driver programs that can assist you with getting to and from appointments.