Tertiary students

 

A 50% concession fare is available for tertiary and post-secondary students on all TransLink public transport services, regional qconnect bus services and approved regional ferry services.

Students in South East Queensland can apply online for tertiary concession fares to be activated on their go card.

As of 1 July 2016, tertiary students who have not applied online for tertiary concession fares to be activated on their tertiary concession go card, will have their go card updated to charge adult fares.

Tertiary students can still apply online for tertiary concession fares, however they will need to a purchase a new Adult go card and apply online for concession fares to be activated on their card.

To travel on tertiary fares In South East Queensland, tertiary and post-secondary students must meet all eligibility criteria, including carrying a current student ID card issued by a Queensland institution registered with the department and have applied for and had tertiary concession fares activated on their go card. The details on the student’s ID card must match the tertiary concession details they provided to TransLink and be linked to the student's go card.

Students in regional Queensland (outside the go card network) must also meet all eligibility criteria and apply for a tertiary concession sticker on their student ID.

Note: Concession fares are not available on Airtrain services.

Eligibility criteria for tertiary concession fares

To be eligible for tertiary concession fares students must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • carry a student ID (issued by a Queensland institution registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads)
  • reside in Queensland
  • be enrolled in and attending a course:
    • at a university, higher education provider, TAFE or other registered training organisation in Queensland (unless otherwise approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads) that is registered with the department; and
    • that has been developed and accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
    • that is a Course in Core Skills supported by the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative:
      • Course in Core Skills for Employment and Training - Communication (Basic) 39280QLD
      • Course in Core Skills for Employment and Training - Communication (Intermediate) 39281QLD
      • Course in Core Skills for Employment and Training - Communication (Preliminary) 39279QLD
      • Course in Core Skills for Employment and Training - Numeracy (Basic) 39286QLD
      • Course in Core Skills for Employment and Training - Numeracy (Intermediate) 39287QLD
      • Course in Core Skills for Employment and Training - Numeracy (Preliminary) 39285QLD
      • Course in Preliminary Spoken and Written English 1 - 10361NAT
  • be a full-time student enrolled on an internal basis. To be considered full-time and internal:
    • a university student must be enrolled full-time on an internal basis, as deemed by their university; or
    • students attending an institution other than a university must be enrolled in a course of study requiring attendance at classes (or unpaid practical requirements) for at least 12 hours per week for a minimum course duration of 12 weeks.

Find out more about the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

You will not be eligible for tertiary concession fares if you:

  • live interstate
  • are a part-time student
  • have a student ID issued by a Queensland institution that has expired
  • are undertaking all subjects externally, online or via correspondence
  • are enrolled in a course that has not been developed and accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • are enrolled in a Course in Core Skills or similar bridging course that is not supported by the Queensland Government under its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

If you choose to travel on concession fares without a current student ID or you do not meet the eligibility criteria you could be fined $235.

Apply for tertiary concession fares

South East Queensland students - using go card

To travel on tertiary concession fares in South East Queensland on the go card network you will need to apply online for tertiary concession fares to be activated on your go card.

Read our SEQ student FAQs for more information.

To apply for tertiary concession fares to be activated on your go card

1. You need a current student ID issued by a Queensland institution and a valid adult or existing tertiary student concession go card.

If you don’t have a go card or if your go card has expired, you will need to buy a new adult go card.

How do you know you have a tertiary student concession go card?

2. Make sure your go card is valid and check your expiry date.

As of 1 April 2016, concession go cards are no longer sold to tertiary students and you can no longer extend the expiry date of your existing tertiary student concession go card. You will need to buy a new adult go card.

3. Login to your go card account to apply online for tertiary concession fares on your go card.

Simply select the 'My Details' tab and submit your application.

If you have not registered your go card, you can register now or apply online.

To find out if your institution is registered, view our list of institutions within the ‘Organisation’ field on the application page.

4. We will let you know by SMS or email if you are eligible. Eligibility checks are completed by your educational institution and may take up to 14 days.

5. If you are eligible, tertiary concession fares will be applied to your go card.

If you are not eligible, you will need to travel on adult fares. If you have a concession go card and are not eligible, and continue to travel on the network without the full proof of concession entitlement, you will risk being fined $235.

As of 1 July 2016, if you have not applied online for concession fares on your tertiary student concession go card, your card will be updated to charge adult fares.

South East Queensland students - wanting to travel in regional Queensland

If you live and study in South East Queensland, but wish to travel on tertiary concession fares in regional Queensland (outside the go card network), you will need to plan ahead and apply for a tertiary concession sticker on your current student ID before you travel.

To apply for a tertiary concession sticker:

1. Call us on 13 12 30 and apply for a tertiary concession sticker on your current student ID.

2. If you are eligible, we will post you a tertiary concession sticker for you to apply to your current student ID.

Please note: To allow us to check that you are eligible for tertiary concession fares, you will need to have previously applied for concession fares on your go card.

Regional Queensland students - not using go card

To travel on tertiary concession fares in regional Queensland (outside the go card network) you will need to apply each year for a tertiary concession sticker on your current student ID.

The tertiary concession sticker allows you to travel on tertiary concession fares on qconnect public transport services in regional Queensland only.

Read our regional student FAQs for more information.

To apply for a tertiary concession sticker:

1. You need a current student ID issued by a Queensland institution.

3. Present your completed form to your tertiary institution.

4. If you are eligible, your tertiary institution will apply a tertiary concession sticker to your current student ID.

If you are not eligible, you will need to travel on adult fares.

Regional Queensland students - wanting to travel in South East Queensland

If you live and study in regional Queensland (outside the go card network) but wish to travel on tertiary concession fares in South East Queensland, you will need to plan ahead and buy an adult go card and apply for tertiary concession fares to be activated on your go card.

To apply for concession fares on go card:

2. Once you receive your go card, call us on 13 12 30 to apply for tertiary concession fares on your go card.

If you attend the Central Queensland University, University of Southern Queensland or TAFE Queensland, you can apply online for tertiary concession fares on your go card.

3. We will let you know by SMS or email if you are eligible. Eligibility checks are completed by your educational institution and may take up to 14 days.

4. If you are eligible, tertiary concession fares will be applied to your go card.

If you are not eligible, you will need to travel on adult fares.

Information for educational institutions

To offer eligible tertiary students access to concession fares, educational institutions must be registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

To register, complete the educational institution registration form and send the completed application to the address on the form.

The department’s process for providing a tertiary concession fare requires the cooperation and assistance of the registered educational institution to assess and verify student eligibility for a concession fare. If your institution’s registration is successful, a departmental representative will be in contact to discuss how this process applies to your institution, and the department’s standard terms governing this process.

The Queensland Government reserves the right to withdraw an institution's registration if it is found that the institution is not complying with the department's policy, including eligibility requirements as stated on the application form.

For information on registering please call our call centre on 13 12 30.