For new students: Transport for NSW (TfNSW) advise new students will be able to order their concession Opal card from 13 February 2017.
For continuing students: You need to 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 2017.
If you are enrolled as a full-time student at Macquarie University, you may be eligible for concession fares on public transport in NSW.
Changes to tertiary student proof of entitlement for 2017
The green Tertiary Student Concession Cards and foil stickers traditionally used by students travelling outside the Opal network will no longer be accepted after 31 March 2017. They will be replaced by a new proof of entitlement - the Transport Concession Entitlement Card.
- 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
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.
Applying for a concession Opal card
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.
Wait 24-48 Hours for the TfNSW Opal system to receive your declaration.
- Visit opal.com.au
- 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.
International tertiary students are generally not entitled to concession fares in NSW.
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.
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).
If you have any queries regarding the above information, you may contact Student Connect.
MUSE Level 2 C7A, 18 Wally's Walk
Tel: +61 (2) 9850 6410