New arrangements regarding seniors’ concessions on NSW public transport came into effect from 1 January 2016.

Instead of using a Pensioner Excursion Ticket, seniors will now have to get a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card (the Opal Card) when travelling interstate to NSW, and the fares continue to be capped at $2.50 a day.

You need to apply for your Opal Card before you undertake your journey.  Click here to apply online or here to download a form.

Your Opal Card is only valid for 60 days from the date of issue, so if you are going to be travelling interstate for more than 60 days, you need to reapply for another card.  Make sure you use your current address when you reapply, as the new card will be sent to that postal address.

You can read more about how to apply and how to register and use your Opal Card in the attached Fact Sheet.

Federal Office

Canberra

1 February 2016

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