Travel concessions for tertiary students

A half fare concession on most public transport services is available to eligible tertiary students who hold a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card.

NSW Tertiary Student Concession Cards are issued to tertiary students who meet the eligibility criteria specified below.

Eligibility

A NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card may be issued, on application, to a student who:

  1. is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia; and
  2. resides in New South Wales; and
  3. is enrolled in an Australian Qualifications Framework accredited higher education or vocational education and training course at a tertiary institution authorised by Transport for NSW to issue tertiary student concession cards; and
  4. is a full time student enrolled on an internal basis (except where a person, by reason of disability, is enrolled on a part-time basis and/or on an external basis).

For the purposes of administering Tertiary Student Concessions, 'a full-time student' means:

  1. a university student who is considered to be enrolled on a full-time basis by their university; or
  2. a student at any other tertiary institution other than a university who is enrolled in a course of study requiring at least 20 hours per week of classes for a continuous period of at least nine weeks.

Where a tertiary institution is uncertain about an applicant's status, clarification should be sought from Transport for NSW. Where the matter remains unclear, the issuer should submit a formal request for clarification to Transport for NSW, along with relevant background information.

Entitlements

Rail

Operator Area Product/ Entitlement Concession Available
Sydney Trains Suburban network MyTrain single/return Yes
MyTrain Off Peak Return No
AirportLink Station Access Fee Yes
MyTrain 7 and 14 Day, Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly Yes
MyMulti (Day Pass and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
NSW TrainLink Intercity services(1) MyTrain single/return Yes
MyTrain Off Peak Return No
AirportLink Station Access Fee Yes
MyTrain 7 and 14 Day, Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly Rail Passes Yes
MyMulti (Day Pass and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
NSW TrainLink Regional services Single/Return Yes
Country Pensioner Excursion Ticket

No

Great Southern Raill

Sydney - Broken Hill

Single/Return

Yes

 

Bus

Operator Area Product/ Entitlement Concession Available
Sydney Buses Metropolitian Sydney MyBus Single Yes
MyBus Trave lTen Yes
MyMulti (Day Pass and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
Newcastle Buses and Ferries Newcastle Time tickets Yes
TimeTen Yes
MyMulti (Day Pass and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
TravelPasses Yes
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
Privately operated Metropolitan Sydney and Outer Metropolitan areas MyBus Single Yes
MyBus TravelTen Yes
MyMulti (Day and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
Rural / Regional NSW (2) Single/Return Yes
Regional Excursion Daily No

 

Ferry

Operator Area Product/Entitlement Concession Available
Harbour City Ferries Metropolitan Sydney MyFerry single/return Yes
MyFerry TravelTen Yes
MyMulti (Day Pass and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
Newcastle Buses and Ferries Mitchell Street Wharf (Stockton) to Queens Wharf (Newcastle) Stockton Ferry Single Tickets Yes
23 Hour (all day) Yes
MyMulti (Day Pass & Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
TravelPasses Yes
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No
Fast Ferries to Manly (3) Circular Quay to Manly Single No
Other private ferries (4) Metropolitan Sydney Single Yes
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No

 

Light Rail

Operator Area Product / Entitlement Concession Available
Transdev Sydney Metropolitan Sydney Single/Return/day Pass Yes
Weekly/Yearly No
MyMulti (Day Pass and Weekly) Yes
MyMulti (Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly) No
Pensioner Excursion Ticket No

 

A Yes indicates that concession rates are available for this product.

A No indicates that this product is not available to this category of beneficiary at the concession rate.

General - Concession entitlements are not available on special or premium services, charter services, special event services or tourism services.

  1. Separate concessions arrangements exist for booked NSW Trains services and Great Southern Rail services.
  2. Private bus operators may offer other ticket products at discounted or concession rates. Check with the operator before travelling.
  3. The fast ferries between Manly and Circular Quay are privately owned and operated services. Any concession benefits or discounted tickets are provided by the operators of these services at their discretion. Check with the operator before travelling. MyMulti, Family Funday Sunday and the PET are also available for use on light rail.
  4.  
  5. Most contracted private ferry services recognise the standard concession entitlements but may have different arrangements, based on their existing contractual obligations. Check with the operator before travelling. Private ferry operators may also offer other ticket products at discounted or concession rates. For more information, contact the operator

Proof of eligibility

Tertiary students must:

  • show a valid NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card when purchasing concession fares.
  • carry a valid NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card at all times when travelling using concession fares.
  • produce their NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card when requested to do so by a transport officer to verify entitlement to concession fares.

How to apply

Students who may be eligible for a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card should read the Information for Students or download the information (PDF 121KB).

Students who wish to apply for a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card complete an Application for a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card (pdf 264KB) form and submit this form to their educational institution. Some institutions may allow students to complete this form online.

Information for institutions

Institutions registered with Transport for NSW to issue NSW Tertiary Student Concession Cards should refer to the current Guidelines for issuing NSW tertiary student concession card (pdf 210KB) for information on how to issue concession cards on behalf of Transport for NSW.

How long can the NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card be used

NSW Tertiary Student Concession Cards are generally issues at the beginning of each academic year until 31 March the following year. For students in courses of less than 1 year, cards may be issued with a different expiry date.

Fees and replacements

No fee is required for the initial issue of a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card or for the annual renewal of a card (for re-enrolling students). This does not preclude your institution from charging you for the issuance of a student identification card; however, no charge can be levied for either the transport component of a combined student identification and concession card or for a TfNSW printed NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card.

A replacement fee is payable for all replacement concession cards. In 2013 the replacement fee is $27.00.

Your tertiary institution is not permitted to issue replacement concession cards. A replacement for a lost, stolen, damaged or confiscated card can only be obtained from TfNSW Passes and Concessions.

An application form for a replacement concession card can be downloaded from Application forms for NSW travel concession cards or obtained from your tertiary institution.

You must complete all relevant sections of the form and prior to submitting it and have it endorsed by your institution's authorised concessions officer.

Applications can be submitted by post, email, fax, or in person. The fee can be paid by Credit Card (excluding Amex and Diners), Money Order, and cheque or in person, by cash or EFTPOS.

Other information

By mail
Locked Bag 5085
PARRAMATTA NSW 2124

In person
From the Rail Information Centre
Grand Concourse, Central Railway Station
8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Online
Website: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/concessions
Email: passes&concessions@transport.nsw.gov.au

Phone and Fax
Phone: 1300 548 828
Fax: (02) 9891 8941