Queensland rail student



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Description: The Queensland Government provides assistance for eligible students travelling to and from school under the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) (PDF, 4.5MB). Assistance is available on all TransLink or qconnect bus, ferry, train and tram services, as well as for private vehicle travel. General eligibility criteria Students may be eligible for assistance under STAS if they:

The Queensland Government provides assistance for eligible students travelling to and from school under the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) (PDF, 4.5MB) .

Assistance is available on all TransLink or qconnect bus, ferry, train and tram services, as well as for private vehicle travel.

  • have parents/guardians who are residents of Queensland
  • attend an approved school on a full-time basis
  • are younger than 19 years of age
  • are seeking transport assistance to and from one address only
  • are travelling more than 1 trip per week.

Once a student is eligible for STAS, there are different types of assistance they can then apply for:

Students who satisfy the above STAS general eligibility criteria may also be eligible for bus and ferry transport assistance.

In Queensland, there are two types of bus and ferry transport assistance available to eligible students.

Distance based assistance is available to students who do not have a state school in their local area.

  • primary school students must live more than 3.2 km from the nearest state primary school
  • secondary school students must live more than 4.8 km from the nearest state secondary school
  • non-state school students must live more than the required distances from both the nearest state and non-state school of the type attended.

All measurements are by the shortest trafficable route and are based on the nearest school which offers the required year level.

Safety-net travel assistance is available for students who are financially disadvantaged and live close to their nearest state school.

To be eligible for safety-net assistance, students must live under the distances stated for distance based assistance, and be listed as a dependent on the applicant's:

  • Health Care Card issued by the Department of Human Services (or hold their own Health Care Card)
  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card; or
  • be a student placed under a Child Protection Order by the Department of Communities,  Child Safety and Disability Services.

Applications must be in the name of the cardholder and require evidence of eligibility to meet the above safety-net criteria.

The cardholder must sign a certification allowing data matching to occur under Centrelink. Applicants who do not agree to this condition will not be eligible to receive safety-net assistance.

Once an application for assistance is approved, students must contact their relevant bus or ferry operator to be issued with a travel pass.

This is available for eligible primary and secondary students who travel to and from school on the Queensland Rail City Network.

Queensland Rail issues the new Queensland Rail STAS go card. It replaces the 100% subsidy School Rail Pass which is no longer accepted for school travel services.

Students receive free travel to and from their approved stations on gazetted state school days from the first service of the day until 7pm.

Students use their STAS card like a go card and touch on at a card reader at the start and end of each journey.

At the following times the card converts to a regular go card and can be used to travel anywhere on the TransLink network for a concession fare :

To provide comments or feedback aboput the STAS go card trial, please complete an online feedback form.

  • meet the STAS general eligibility criteria ; and
  • are listed as a dependant on the applicant's:
    • Health Care Card issued by the Department of Human Services
    • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services Department
    • Development of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card; or
    • are a student placed under a Child Protection Order by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services; and
  • have nominated rail as their school travel mode.






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