The Government has set aside $7.7 million to increase the usability of its Super Gold Card for users. This will include providing training for electronic literacy and upgrade SuperGold Card information.
The budget recognises that the Card has become increasingly hard to use as seniors aren't sure which businesses provide discounts. The scheme appeared to have languished as the website had not been updated in the last six years. However, this new funding injection is set to provide the website with a makeover and an app is to be developed to make it easier for individuals to access information about the scheme.
Literacy training will be available for people who want to access SuperGold Card information and benefits via the internet and app.
News of these updates will be music to many people's ears, as in 2016 angry senior citizens began handling their SuperGold Cards back, saying the scheme no longer provided support or services of vaue.
Another change to take effect on 1st July is provision for seniors who are still working. The current laws require seniors to choose between their superannuation payments or ACC payments if they have an injury and are still working. This will no longer be the case.