Transport concession

Transport concession

Macquarie University train station upgrade

As of  30 September 2018, Macquarie University Train Station is closed for around seven months while the rail line between Epping and Chatswood is upgraded ahead of Sydney Metro Northwest opening in the first half of 2019. During this time, Station Link bus services will keep students, staff and visitors to the university moving.

New Students: 

If you are enrolled as a full-time student at Macquarie University, you may be eligible for concession fares on public transport in NSW, to order an Opal card, follow the steps below.

Continuing students:  just submit a new declaration each year for your concession Opal card to remain active.  Don't forget to go to AskMQ and submit your declaration to allow us to share your eligibility details with TfNSW for 2018.


To check your eligibility, access the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) website or read their transport concession guidelines.

International tertiary students are generally not entitled to concession fares in NSW.


Follow these simple steps to apply for your student concession Opal card.

Step 1

Log in to AskMQ and fill out a declaration to allow MQ to share your eligibility status with TfNSW.

Continuing students need to submit a declaration each calendar year.

Step 2

Wait 24-48 Hours for the Transport for NSW Opal system to receive your declaration.

Step 3

Go to Transport for NSW Concession Opal Card and apply.

  • Visit
  • Or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL)

You should ensure you have your enrolment information handy when applying.
Within 5-7 days the concession Opal card will arrive in the post, you should then activate their new card before using it to travel.

If you have filled in the declaration and are having trouble applying, please make sure you check your eligibility.

Student ID

Tertiary student proof of entitlement

  • For travel within the Opal network, tertiary students will require one of the following in conjunction with their Concession Opal card:
    • An Approved Form of Student ID Card (Macquarie's student campus card has been approved by TfNSW) ; OR
    • A Transport Concession Entitlement Card
  • For travel in regional NSW (outside the Opal network), tertiary students will require the following in conjunction with a paper ticket:
    • A Transport Concession Entitlement Card

Opal tertiary student ID requirements

You must carry these cards when you travel.  If you do not have your concession Opal card and proof of entitlement, you will need to pay for and travel with an Adult fare, or you may be fined.


Important information about your privacy

To facilitate reforms to the NSW Tertiary Student Transport concession schemes, including the introduction of an electronic ticketing system (concession) under a new scheme agreed with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) the University is now responsible for verifying the eligibility of students to TfNSW.

Once your eligibility is confirmed by the University, the University is required to send your name, date of birth and University OneID directly to TfNSW. This enables TfNSW to process student applications for concession travel.

If you wish to apply for the concession you must complete the application form at the TfNSW website.

Further information about the concession and the eligibility criteria for the concession can be accessed from the TfNSW website.

For Undergraduate students at Macquarie University, full-time is considered to be 9 credit points or more per session. For Postgraduate students at Macquarie University, this varies according to your degree. Please contact Student Connect to check if you are considered full-time.

Consent to disclosure of your personal information

So that the University can send your name, date of birth and University OneID to TfNSW for the purpose of facilitating the provision of a Concession by TfNSW to you, we require you to read and consent to the Privacy Notice and Declaration and agree to the sharing this information TfNSW using this online form.  Information regarding how your information will be used and disclosed by TfNSW is set out in the Privacy Notice and Declaration.

For more information about TfNSW's privacy and information handling practices, please go TfNSW Privacy Statement.

For more information about the privacy and information handling practices related to the ordering and use of the Opal Card in particular, please see the Opal Privacy Policy.

What if I do not want my enrolment information sent to TfNSW?

If you do not want your eligibility status information to be shared with TfNSW, then you are not required to provide your consent to the Privacy Notice and Declaration.

If you do not provide your consent, your eligibility status will not be disclosed to TfNSW, however if the University does not disclose your eligibility information to TfNSW, you will be unable to apply for a concession Opal card through the online application process at the TfNSW website (see link above).

Further information

If you have any queries regarding the above information, you may contact Student Connect.

Student Connect
18 Wally's Walk, Level 2  MUSE
Macquarie University  NSW  2109
Tel: +61 (2) 9850 6410

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