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Information for Seniors

Seniors are an important part of the City of Rockingham community and make up 16% (more than 21,000 people) of the population. Over the next 20 years this number will nearly double to over 40,000 people, representing 21% of the population. The City aims for seniors to live a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable life as part of an age-friendly community where they are connected and able to access valued, affordable and innovative community services, programs and infrastructure.

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Seniors Newsletter Read the Seniors newsletter

Stay up to date with information and events for seniors with the monthly Seniors Newsletter, available by email or post. You can register to receive your copy:

  • by email - please sign into Rock Port and update/create your profile
  • by post - please contact the City with your contact details on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with your full name, postal address and contact phone number.

The current Seniors Newsletter is also available on our City newsletters page.

Activity Guide

The City’s Activity Guide lists a wide range of fun and creative sporting, recreational and leisure activities available within the City of Rockingham.

Subsidy Scheme Graphic of Subsidy Scheme options for Seniors

Subsidies are available to adults and seniors on low-income to assist them to feel safer, more secure and connected.

Three subsidy types are currently available under the City’s Subsidy Scheme, with up to $100 available under each subsidy type:

  • Safety: to assist adults to make their homes safer and more secure
  • Home Modification or Assistive Equipment: to assist seniors to manage their everyday tasks and remain in their own home longer
  • Information Technology: to assist seniors to become more connected to friends, family, resources and information.

For more information on how to apply, visit the Subsidy Scheme page.

Autumn Centre

The City’s Autumn Centre offers an active and social environment for people over the age of 50 to pursue personal interests and create support networks. The Autumn Centre is also open to people with a disability over the age of 18 accompanied by a carer.

For more information call the Autumn Centre on 9528 8560 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Transport

Rockingham Connect Community Transport Service

The Rockingham Connect Community Transport Service provides wheelchair accessible door-to-door transport for residents who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • have no access to a private vehicle
  • are unable to access public transport
  • are a Health Care Card holder or on a low income.

Electric Mobility Scooter (Gopher) Charging Station Recharge logo

Users of electric mobility scooters (also known as gophers) can now feel safe in the knowledge that they can charge their batteries if needed while they are out and about. The City is part of the RECHARGE Scheme which lists 'RECHARGE Point You Have the Power' (RECHARGE Point) locations across Australia.

The City’s first RECHARGE Point is now available immediately outside the Autumn Centre entry doors on McNicholl Street, Rockingham. This is a great location for seniors to recharge their gophers whilst accessing the Autumn Centre’s many activities and services.

Keep an eye out here for more RECHARGE Points across the City as they are released, or browse other locations on the RECHARGE Scheme website.

Public Transport

Seniors are eligible for free travel on Transperth services during certain times of the day. For more information, contact Transperth on 13 62 13. Contact Transperth also to request changes in bus routes and/or frequency.

Pensioners and seniors are entitled to a 50% concession on all Transwa services. For more information, contact Transwa on 1300 662 205.

Wheelchair Accessible Maxi Cab

Seniors are able to book a wheelchair accessible maxi cab by calling Black and White Cabs on 13 MAXI (136 294).

Wheelchair and Scooter Accessible Transport

Multi-Purpose Taxis (MPT) and wheelchair and scooter accessible taxis are available in metropolitan and regional areas throughout Western Australia.

The dedicated taxi booking service 13 MAXI is available to provide reliable and consistent services for passengers using wheelchairs or scooters.

Please note the following:

  • your wheelchair or scooter should be capable of being restrained correctly
  • your lap tray should be removed during transit
  • you should allow the driver to use an approved lap belt to secure you.

To book a MPT, contact 13 MAXI or 136 294. For further information, visit the Department of Transport.

Housing

Challenger Court at 30 Ray Street, Rockingham is a City-owned retirement village that has 50 one-bedroom independent living units which have a comfortable living area, kitchen and bathroom.

Prospective residents must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 55 years and over
  • living in the City of Rockingham
  • not in full time employment
  • financially disadvantaged
  • medically fit to live independently at Challenger Court.

Applications are made via an Expression of Interest. For more information contact 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Seniors and Discounts Rates

Pensioners and seniors may be able to apply for a rebate for their annual rates and Emergency Services Levy.

Beach Access Beach matting

The City has developed access pathways to allow seniors and people with disability easier access to the beach. For more information on beach access, beach trekker wheelchairs and beach matting, visit accessible playgrounds and beaches.

Community Support

My Aged Care

My Aged Care provides information about the different types of aged care services, and local services available, as well as information on eligibility, and costs. Contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to book an assessment.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology helps individuals to access equipment, technology and services to assist them to retain their independence, and to enjoy a quality and comfortable standard of living.

Contact the following organisations for more information on how they can help:

Meals on Wheels

Chorus has a dedicated team of volunteers that can deliver healthy and nutritious three course meals to your home. Frozen meals are available over weekends.

For more information, contact Chorus on 9339 7225 or email meals@chorus.org.au.

WA Seniors Card

Visit the Department of Communities to find out how to obtain a WA Seniors Card. The WA Seniors Card can be used to claim a range of State Government concessions and discounts from businesses across Western Australia.

The WA Seniors Card also includes a Transperth Smartrider card which provides access to Transperth services for free or on a concession basis.