Just got a half price ticket card from centerlink and very confused, what prepay ticket do I buy?

 
  TomosLF Beginner

Location: Sydney, Australia
Hi everyone

Just got this half price ticket card from centerlink but very confused...

What prepaid ticket am I supposed to buy or better yet which opal card?

Thanks

Tomos

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  jtm33 Beginner

Concession bus and ferry tickets. When buying train tickets ask for a "half fare" ticket or select the "others entitled to half fare" option from the ticket machine. Do not buy child, pension, student tickets or mymulti tickets or rail passes. You can use concession bus traveltens if you want.

The only Opal card you are allowed to use is the full fare adult one.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner


What prepaid ticket am I supposed to buy or better yet which opal card?
TomosLF
http://www.transportnsw.info, https://www.opal.com.au
  Aurora8 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Eventually, the silver concession Opal card will be the one used by Half Fare card holders. But for now only student type concessions from participating universities are eligible.
  RatholeTunnel Locomotive Driver

Location: Sydney Area
In other states, concessions are unified for student, pensioner and unemployed.  I think here they are determined for political reasons, rather than the need of the individual.
  M636C Minister for Railways

In other states, concessions are unified for student, pensioner and unemployed.  I think here they are determined for political reasons, rather than the need of the individual.
RatholeTunnel

I think there is a national winding back of concession fares, as has been indicated by the removal of concessions on the Indian Pacific and Ghan.

As the holder of a seniors card not from NSW, I am concerned as to what tickets I will be entitled to buy with the removal of the paper pensioner/senior concession ticket from 1 Jan 2016....

Unless the conditions are changed, I'm not entitled to a Gold Opal card, since these are only issued to holders of NSW Seniors cards and I'm not entitled to a Silver Opal Card unless conditions for that are changed.

The same situation exists in WA where concession stored value cards are only available to WA seniors card holders and only half fare paper tickets are available, fortunately including system wide day tickets at half price, a good deal.

But in general this is a significant change from the 2009 announcement of reciprocal recognition of seniors travel benefits.

M636C
  viaprojects Train Controller


I think there is a national winding back of concession fares, as has been indicated by the removal of concessions on the Indian Pacific and Ghan.
M636C


money is the problem for the IP and Ghan may wish to read the news.


As the holder of a seniors card not from NSW, I am concerned as to what tickets I will be entitled to buy with the removal of the paper pensioner/senior concession ticket from 1 Jan 2016....
M636C


Opal is the only card for government discounts AKA Centrelink.  the NSW government is enforcing the proof of benefit before they give a discount rate.
  M636C Minister for Railways


I think there is a national winding back of concession fares, as has been indicated by the removal of concessions on the Indian Pacific and Ghan.

money is the problem for the IP and Ghan may wish to read the news.


As the holder of a seniors card not from NSW, I am concerned as to what tickets I will be entitled to buy with the removal of the paper pensioner/senior concession ticket from 1 Jan 2016....

Opal is the only card for government discounts AKA Centrelink.  the NSW government is enforcing the proof of benefit before they give a discount rate.
viaprojects
Firstly, I read the thread on the SA Forum, and I quote...

"If you'd bothered to read the linked article you'd see that the fare rises and service cuts are due to the Federal Government removing their subsidies of up to 55 per cent for pensioners and 88 per cent for war veterans that were part of the original privatisation agreement made in 1997 when GSR was formed."

And the assertion about Centrelink benefits is also wrong...

Self Funded retirees over 60 years of age resident in NSW are entitled to a NSW Seniors Card and this allows them a Gold Opal Card (It's all there on the Opal site). However. while holders of interstate Seniors Cards can buy paper Pensioner Concessions now, they are not now entitled to a Gold Opal card. This isn't a problem now, but no equivalent concession exists now to replace the paper Pensioner Concession.

So I'm not saying that Seniors don't get the concession, only that INTERSTATE Seniors look like losing the concession in 2016.

M636C
  melbtrip Chief Commissioner

Location: Annoying Orange
In other states, concessions are unified for student, pensioner and unemployed.  I think here they are determined for political reasons, rather than the need of the individual.

I think there is a national winding back of concession fares, as has been indicated by the removal of concessions on the Indian Pacific and Ghan.

As the holder of a seniors card not from NSW, I am concerned as to what tickets I will be entitled to buy with the removal of the paper pensioner/senior concession ticket from 1 Jan 2016....

Unless the conditions are changed, I'm not entitled to a Gold Opal card, since these are only issued to holders of NSW Seniors cards and I'm not entitled to a Silver Opal Card unless conditions for that are changed.

The same situation exists in WA where concession stored value cards are only available to WA seniors card holders and only half fare paper tickets are available, fortunately including system wide day tickets at half price, a good deal.

But in general this is a significant change from the 2009 announcement of reciprocal recognition of seniors travel benefits.

M636C
M636C
"I think there is a national winding back of concession fares, as has been indicated by the removal of concessions on the Indian Pacific and Ghan."No it not a national winding back of concession fares - it just the Australia government refuse to pay.



GSR chief executive Chris Tallent said $9 million in funding from the Federal Government that subsidised the travel costs of pensioners, veterans and seniors taking the train journeys would end by July next year.
Although the company would still offer a 20 per cent discount to concession passengers, Mr Tallent said the company was expecting fewer people to take the rail journey. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-06/great-southern-rail-halves-services-the-ghan-indian-pacific/6676174
  melbtrip Chief Commissioner

Location: Annoying Orange
Hi everyone

Just got this half price ticket card from centerlink but very confused...

What prepaid ticket am I supposed to buy or better yet which opal card?

Thanks

Tomos
TomosLF
Just get sliver Opal card - https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/types-of-opal-cards/#Concession

Opal for eligible tertiary students

We've been rolling out the Concession Opal card to participating tertiary institutions in NSW from February 2015.
You can see the full list of participating universities and tertiary institutions [color=#0b284b]here or click on "Order your Concession Opal card now" below to continue. [/color]
You'll need to give your consent for your institution to share your details with Transport for NSW. Find out more [color=#0b284b]here[/color]
Opal for eligible job seekers
The Concession Opal card is now available for eligible NSW job seekers receiving the full rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance or one of the Centrelink benefits listed [color=#0b284b]here where there are also full details on eligibility.[/color]
  thadocta Chief Commissioner

Location: Katoomba
melbtripe, your spamming of the Victorian and Melbourne for a is pretty intrusive, can you please desist from subjecting us denizens of the NSW and Sydney Suburban for a the same crap that you continually post over there?

Dave

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