3 Apr 2017

The Palaszczuk Government will drastically reduce public transport fares for job seekers and asylum seekers, improving access to important community services and employment opportunities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said the fare concessions would start today and provide eligible applicants with a 50 per cent discount.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to increasing job prospects for Queenslanders who are looking for work and new asylum seekers joining our community,” Ms Trad said.

“Affordable and easy travel is vital to achieve this, that’s why these fare concessions will be provided from today.

“These fare concessions will encourage travel across the Queensland public transport network connecting job seekers with employment services and job interviews.

“Asylum seekers who also rely on public transport to access important services like education and settlement support services will be able to apply.

“We have a responsibility to help those in our community who are often doing it tough while they are looking for work and accessing community services.

“By reducing the cost of public transport for job seekers and asylum seekers, we are delivering on a promise made under the Fairer Fares package.”

Eligible applicants include job seekers on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance and asylum seekers.

People will be able to apply via the Translink website and, if eligible, the concession will be applied to their go card within 14 days or a concession card will arrive by mail within 14 business days.

Asylum seekers may also visit their local Status Resolution Support Service.

For further information visit: www.translink.com.au.