WA carers ride for free

Carers can now travel for free at certain times on Western Australian public transport

June 14, 2013

Carers can now travel for free at certain times on Western Australian public transport.

The Western Australian Government has announced carers who have Carers Health Care Cards and receive the Commonwealth Carer Payment can travel for free between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays and free all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson says the free travel was recognition of the work carers do in the community.

"Public transport can be a lifeline to the wider community for carers and the people they care for and I hope by giving carers free travel in off-peak times brings some financial relief," Simpson says.

The government has in the past introduced free off-peak travel for seniors and disability support pensioners.

Since introduced, the initiative provided more than 28 million boardings for free, representing a total saving of $18.122million to eligible travellers.

The government expects the free travel commitment will save carers $1.2million in public transport fares over the next four years.

Eligible carers would need to provide evidence of their Commonwealth carers’ payments when applying through Transperth for the pensioners SmartRider.

Total boardings since the introduction of free off-peak travel:

  • 19.332 million on bus
  • 9.403 million on trains
  • 108,000 on ferries

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