The Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, has announced that transport concessions will be introduced for international students living and studying in some areas of New South Wales.
International students will be able to access discounts of up to 35 per cent on bus, train, light rail and ferry tickets in the Greater Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra regions. This covers students living and studying in the inner and outer suburbs of Sydney, as well as the major regional cities of Wollongong and Newcastle.
Discounts will apply to 90-day (quarterly) and 365-day (yearly) MyMulti passes. Weekly and monthly passes will not be discounted. Students can expect to save more than $AUD800 on a yearly pass, depending on the transport zones in which they travel. Discounted fares have been introduced in response to a recommendation made by the New South Wales Government’s International Education and Research Taskforce, which investigated the issues faced by international students.
There is no set date when transport concessions will be introduced. Check back with Studies in Australia for updates.