Stay mobile and independent with these resources to help older people get around Boroondara.
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.
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.
We offer a variety of free and low-cost courses to assist older people to remain mobile, connected and to travel confidently and safely within our community.
These are funded by the Department of Transport’s Community Road Safety Grants Program, in support of Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022.
Courses are run a few times a year. If the current course is full or if the course dates do not suit, join our mailing list and be notified as new courses are scheduled.
Wiser Driver Course
Upgrade your knowledge of driving, build upon your own experience and become a wiser driver in a friendly and informal setting.
Join this free 4-week comprehensive driver program. Each session runs for 2-hours.
Wiser Walker Wiser Traveller
Become confident in accessing a wide variety of viable transport alternatives before driving a car is no longer an option by participating in a free session.
This course runs over 3 sessions. Each session runs for 2-hours.
Bike safety skills workshops for adults
Equip yourself with the skills to ride confidently and safely on the road during one of our low-cost workshops.
Email us at [email protected] to join our mailing list and be notified about our upcoming road safety courses.
To host a Wiser Driver or Wiser Walker Wiser Traveller course at your senior’s facility, or for further information about our road safety education programs, please contact our Sustainable Transport team at [email protected] or on 9278 4444.