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Hurstville Boys Campus

Georges River College

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School Student Transport Scheme

Opal Card

1. When do applications for 2016 commence? 

Online applications for School Opal cards for travel in 2016 will be accepted from 2 November, and are accepted all year round for travel in that school year. The application form can be found at www.transportnsw.info/school-students

2. Is the School Opal card replacing the School Student Transport Scheme? 

School Opal cards will be provided to eligible students as part of Transport for NSW's School Student Transport Scheme, one of the most generously subsidised travel programs in Australia, providing more than $550 million to fund around 80 million trips taken by NSW school students to and from school annually. Through this scheme Transport for NSW helps get students to school and home safely, and helps keep cars off the road at peak periods. 

3. Will parents, guardians and students need to apply for the School Opal card for 2016 if they hold a current 2015 school travel pass? 

Most students who already have a school student travel pass don't need to apply for the School Opal card. A card will be automatically issued and sent to the student's school at the beginning of the school year in 2016. 

An application is only needed if the student is eligible for SSTS travel, is travelling between home and school within the Opal network, and: 

has not had a travel pass before is moving from Year 2 to Year 3 (change to the minimum walking distance eligibility) 

is moving from Year 6 to Year 7 (change to the minimum walking distance eligibility) 

is changing school or campus is changing address as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation. 

4. Who should apply for the School Opal card? 

Parents, guardians and students should apply for the School Opal card if the student is travelling between home and school within the Opal network and meets the SSTS eligibility criteria and: 

has not had a travel pass before is moving from Year 2 to Year 3 (change to the minimum walking distance eligibility) 

is moving from Year 6 to Year 7 (change to the minimum walking distance eligibility) 

is changing school or campus 

is changing address as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation.