Affordable and accessible transport services are essential for social and economic participation in society and for maintaining health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, not all people currently have the same level of access to transport because of barriers including costs, limited availability of public and community transport infrastructure, and a lack of flexibility and responsiveness by available services.
People who are most impacted by lack of transport access include the elderly, people with disability, those on low incomes, and communities in regional and remote areas. QCOSS recommends increased investment in public transport and fare discounting for low income groups.
For information about concessions please visit the following links:
- public transport—visit the TransLink website
- long distance passenger rail services—visit the Queensland Rail Travel website
- Airtrain services—visit the Airtrain website
For more information on public transport concessions visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Extension to eligibility for public transport concessions
From 1 April 2017, eligibility for public transport concessions was extended to job seekers and asylum seekers. The concession for 50% off adult fares applies to all Translink public transport services (excluding Airtrain, Traveltrain and tourist rail services), regional qconnect bus services and approved regional ferry services.
To access to new concessions, job seekers and asylum seekers will be required to meet certain eligibility requirements and follow an application process. Information about eligibility requirements and the application process is available on the Translink website.
To download posters to promote the new eligibility changes in your community centre, click here.
The Queensland Government offers some eligible households, including Pensioner Concession Card holders, a rebate off the cost of motor vehicle registration. For more information, click here.
For information on disability access and mobility visit the access and mobility page on the Transport and Main Roads website.
To view QCOSS’ work and submissions in relation to transport visit the QCOSS website.