Transport concessions for tertiary students
Statewide concessions are available for eligible Queensland tertiary students.
Who is eligible?
Students are eligible for a tertiary transport concession if they are enrolled in a course as a full-time student attending an educational institution located in Queensland (or Queensland residents attending the Tweed Heads campus at Southern Cross University), and the course is:
- approved by Centrelink for Abstudy, Austudy, or Youth Allowance purposes, or
- at postgraduate level.
What is the definition of a full-time student?
For Department of Transport and Main Roads purposes, a full-time student is deemed a student who physically attends an educational institution (or institutions) in Queensland for a minimum period of 12 hours per week and the course has a minimum duration of 12 weeks.
Part-time postgraduate, full-time correspondence, external or distance students are not eligible for concession fares.
What is available to students?
Eligible students are able to travel at all times on Queensland Rail Citytrain rail services, Brisbane City Council bus and ferry services and all other urban bus services throughout the state for half the regular fare.
Eligible students can use their tertiary transport card or photographic student ID card with the Public Transport Concession Identifier throughout Queensland.
How to access transport concessions
Eligible students in south-east Queensland need to approach their student administration officer and request to have a Public Transport Concession Identifier placed on the student ID card.
Eligible students outside the south-east Queensland region need to complete a Tertiary Transport Card Application to apply for a tertiary transport card.
Once completed, students need to have their application form verified by their student administration officer. The form is then forwarded to the ticketing services unit at the address indicated on the form. Please allow 20 working days for processing.
Note: south-east Queensland is defined as the area stretching from Gympie in the north to Coolangatta in the south and west to Helidon. The rest of the state is defined as all areas outside of the south-east region.
How do educational institutions get the Public Transport Concession Identifier?
Educational institutions need to complete a Educational Institution Public Transport Concession Identifiers Application. Once completed the form must be forwarded to the Ticketing Services unit at the address indicated on the form.
Institutions are no longer required to provide documents certifying that they hold appropriate accreditation and are a registered training provider with the Australian Training Recognition Council, however, these facts will require certifying on the application form.
Images of the Public Transport Concession Identifiers are available under special circumstances.
Frequently asked questions
Read the transport concessions for tertiary students frequently asked questions.
Find out more
For general enquiries about tertiary transport concessions please contact us on 13 74 68. For information about the Public Transport Concession Identifier call 3235 2810* and for information on the progress of your Tertiary Transport Card application, please call ABNote on 3861 8013*.
*Local call—higher rates may apply outside local area or from mobile phones.