Opal for apprentices

New South Wales apprentices and trainees are now eligible to concession fares all day

Eligible New South Wales apprentices and trainees can now access all-day cheaper fares on public transport as the concession opal card is rolled out to thousands more customers.

Minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance and minister for skills John Barilaro have announced eligible apprentices, trainees and TAFE NSW students can now apply online for a concession opal card.

"Apprentices and trainees are currently only able to access concession fares when travelling between their home, workplace and place of training, but from today we’re lifting those restrictions," says Constance.

"These customers can now apply for a concession opal card and there will be no travel restrictions and no need for paper tickets. They will be able to access the concession fare for travel at any time on the public transport system plus access opal benefits."

Barilaro says over 80,000 apprentices and trainees are eligible to apply, and with the attractive opal offerings and lifted travel restrictions many will for the first time take up the offer of concession travel.

"Also from today eligible TAFE NSW students will be able to take-up the opal card making it easier, simpler and more cost effective for them to travel," he says.

"This is about improving the customer experience for students, apprentices, and trainees by delivering an online solution for students applying for a concession opal card."

To be eligible for a concession opal card TAFE NSW students must be enrolled full-time for a minimum of 20 face to face contact hours a week, and must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. 

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