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    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Ready to go, Queensland tops the class with tertiary transport tech solution

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    Ready to go, Queensland tops the class with tertiary transport tech solution

    Students in South East Queensland will have the most convenient system in Australia for accessing tertiary public transport concessions, with the Palaszczuk Government today unveiling a new technology-based go card solution.

    Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the new simpler, online application process would be rolled out to replace the LNP’s Tertiary Transport Concession Card (TTCC) which was a bureaucratic nightmare for students and tertiary institutions.

    “As promised the new go card solution, is the simplest, smartest and most integrated student concession travel in Australia,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    "We want Queensland's students to be the best they can be, not lumbered with the extra paperwork of the past like it was under the LNP’s TTCC.

    “This announcement delivers on Labor’s election commitment to work with higher education providers and develop an alternative to the TTCC that eliminates the need for tertiary students to carry an extra card to access concession fares.

    “By linking the tertiary concession to the go card we’ve put a system in place that means you won’t need to reapply every year for your concession and will be notified automatically if your eligibility changes.

    “Instead of completing an annual paper-based application and waiting, like they had to with the LNP’s TTCC, tertiary and post-secondary students will be able to apply for concession fares on public transport with just the click of a button or a simple phone call.

    “The new online application process is quick and easy to complete and students will experience faster processing times and will be notified automatically by text or email when concession fares have been automatically applied to their go card.” 

    Mr Hinchliffe said the application process for concession fares had also improved for students in regional Queensland with a new concession sticker for students travelling outside the go card network.

    “As go cards are not used in regional Queensland, eligible students will apply to their institution for an annual tertiary concession sticker using the application form available on the TransLink website,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    Mr Hinchliffe said over the coming weeks, the number of institutions accepting online applications will increase as educational facilities in South East Queensland come on board with the new solution.

    “97 of the largest institutions in Queensland, where more than 90 per cent of eligible students study, are already online with the new system and all institutions will be online before semester one starts,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “All students should visit the website to apply for the concession fares, if your institution is not yet online you will be notified automatically by email when they are.”

    To give students time to apply for the new solution, eligible students will be able to continue to access concession fares by showing their student ID card when using public transport. Post-secondary school students intending to continue their studies at a tertiary institution will still be able to travel on concession fares by showing their high school ID until 31 March 2016.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government abolished the TTCC because the onerous, paper-based application process only made public transport more inaccessible for students and placed a higher administrative burden on tertiary institutions.

    “This solution will take the hassle out of student travel and means more than 100,000 tertiary students in South East Queensland and more than 90,000 students in regional Queensland will be able to easily access concession fares,” Mr Hinchliffe said.  

    To develop the go card based solution TransLink worked with students from UQ, QUT and Griffith University in November and December last year to streamline and trial the technology in time for semester one.

    To apply for concession fares and to find out more information including checking if your institution is on board, visit www.translink.com.au/tertiary or call 13 12 30, anytime.

    Eligible South East Queensland students who apply for concession fares before Thursday, 31 March 2016 will go into the draw to win up to a $100 go card credit.

     

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