Opal cards on back to school list

School travel: Student Opal Card.

Students from Sydney Catholic schools will be among the more than 300,000 in NSW to tap on and off with a School Opal Card when they go back to school next week.

The card enables free travel on public transport during school hours for eligible students in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands. It replaces the old paper School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) travel pass.

Parents whose children are starting Kindergarten, going into Year 3 or Year 7, or who have changed their home address, school or campuses need to apply for the card. For all others who have held a school travel pass in 2015 the card will be ready to be picked up at school at the start of term.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it was vital the school opal card be on parents’ back to school list.

“So far around 35,000 applications have been received and processed online, however there’s up to 100,000 parents who still need to apply,” he said. “For families where there is shared parental responsibility, a single School Opal card can be set to work for both parents’ homes ensuring convenience and peace of mind.”

More information, applications: transportnsw.info/school-students.



The School Opal card can be used:

  • On school days between the student’s home and school
  • Between 6.30am and 7.00pm weekdays, and until 9.30pm for TAFE school students)

 To be eligible a student must be a NSW resident and a:

  • Kindergarten to Year 2 student older than 4 years and 6 months who lives any distance between home and school
  • Years 3 to 6 student who lives more than 1.6km (straight line) from school, or 2.3km or more by the most direct practical walking route
  • High school student who lives more than 2km (straight line) from school, or 2.9km or more by the most direct practical walking route
  • TAFE student under 18 years old at January 1 of the year of application and enrolled in a full-time TAFE course for a minimum of 20 hours a week, not employed, who lives more than 3.2km from the college by the most direct practical walking route, and attends the college closest to their home where enrolment is available.

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