Eligible full-time uni, TAFE and post-secondary students can apply for a 50% concession fare on TransLink public transport services (excluding Airtrain), regional qconnect bus services and approved regional ferry services. 

  • South East Queensland - new students need to purchase an adult go card and apply online for tertiary concession fares to be activated on their go card.
  • Regional Queensland (outside the go card network) - students need to complete an application form  for a tertiary concession sticker on their student ID.

Eligibility criteria for tertiary concession fares

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

  • reside in Queensland
  • be enrolled in and attending a course:
  • be a full-time student enrolled on an internal basis:
    • as deemed by their university or
    • at an institution other than a university 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.
  • carry a student ID (issued by a Queensland institution registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads).

Travelling on tertiary concession fares

Remember, when travelling on tertiary concession fares, you must carry your student ID and show it as proof of concession eligibility when asked by a TransLink driver or authorised person.

If you choose to travel on concession fares without your student ID, or you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you could be fined $243.

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.

How to apply for tertiary concession fares

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

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

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 adult or tertiary student concession go card.

If you don’t have a go card, or have a secondary student concession go card, you need to buy a new adult go card.

2. Make sure your go card has not expired. 

To check your expiry date log into your go card account online, visit a selected go card retailer or train station ticket office, or call TransLink 13 12 30 anytime.

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.

Touch on within 60 days to activate the concession fares on your card. 

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

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.

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 have 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:

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 TransLink on 13 12 30.