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Opal Card

Concession Opal for job seekers and other approved Centrelink customers

Concession Opal for job seekers and other approved Centrelink customers

The Concession Opal card is available for eligible NSW job seekers receiving the full rate of Newstart or Youth Allowance or one of the Centrelink benefits listed below. It gives you all the benefits of Opal, plus fares at half the price of the Adult Opal card. 

Before applying for your Concession Opal card, you need to have successfully applied for a Transport Concession Entitlement Card, as you must have both cards to travel. Find out more, including how to apply online.

Concession Entitlement Card

Once you have an Opal card, you can load value onto it to pay for your travel on any mode of public transport, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

Who is eligible?

All Centrelink customers who are NSW residents and are receiving the maximum rate of benefit and are:

Registered as looking for work and receiving one of the following Centrelink benefits: 


Receiving one of the following Centrelink benefits: 


 Registered for employment services and receiving one of the following Centrelink benefits: 

If you have any questions regarding eligibility for a Centrelink benefit, please contact Centrelink directly.

Opal benefits

Lower fares

Concession Opal fares are half the price of Adult Opal fares. Plus Opal lets you save an additional 30% on your train fares by travelling off-peak – which includes weekends, public holidays and travelling outside the peak hours.

Weekly Travel Reward 

Opal rewards regular travel. When you complete eight paid journeys in a week you earn the Weekly Travel Reward. This means you travel for the rest of the week for half-price*.

Opal Transfer Discount

If you switch modes of transport during a journey, you can get an Opal Transfer Discount of $1 for each transfer to a new mode of transport. To benefit from the Opal Transfer Discount, you will need to transfer to your new mode of transport within 60 minutes of tapping off from your previous mode.

Opal trip advantage

If you make several trips using the same mode of transport, as long as your transfer occurs within 60 minutes of tapping off from your last trip, you only pay one fare based on the distance you travel.

Daily, Weekly and Sunday Travel Caps

Travel as much as you want on trains, buses, ferries and light rail within the Opal network and you’ll never pay more than $7.70 a day, $30.80 a week, or $2.60 on Sundays*.

Just set and forget

With auto top up, when your balance gets low, your Opal card automatically tops up from a linked credit or debit card. So you’re always ready to travel. You can set up auto top up anytime, online or over the phone.

Get the Opal Travel app

You can plan your trips, search your transaction history, top up your Concession Opal card and even calculate your fares, all from your smart phone.

*Excluding Sydney Airport station access fee
The journey count for the Weekly Travel Reward resets every Monday at 4.00am. Journeys made after reaching the Daily Travel Cap do not count as paid journeys, so don’t add towards the Weekly Travel Reward.
60 minutes applies to all services except the Sydney Ferries F1 Manly service where the standard transfer time is extended to 2 hours and 10 minutes from tap on.

How to apply

Step 1.

Apply for your Transport Concession Entitlement Card unless you already have a valid green Half Fare Entitlement Card.

Step 2.

Apply for your Concession Opal card: 

Make sure you have a valid Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) handy to confirm your eligibility.

Once your eligibility is confirmed your Concession Opal card will be mailed to you within five to seven working days.

Hearing and speech impaired customers

Call Opal Customer Care via the National Relay Services (NRS) on 1300 555 727

TTY users please call 133 677

Non-English speaking customers

For support in your language call the Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) on 131 450.

Travelling with your Opal card

Before travelling, you’ll need to activate your new Opal card by following the instructions on the sticker attached to the card. 

When travelling with a Concession Opal card, you must carry a valid Transport Concession Entitlement Card (or NSW Half Fare Entitlement Card issued by Centrelink) or you could be fined.


concession-card green half fare Concession Entitlement Card

How to top up

If you don't add value to your Opal card when you first order it, you need to add value before you travel.

Online and phone top ups may take up to 60 minutes to take effect and you must tap on at an Opal card reader within 60 days to collect the top up value on your card, otherwise your top up value will be reversed to your credit/debit card account. Some retailers require their customers to pay minimum transaction values or a service fee to cover credit/debit card merchant fees.

Find out more on topping up here

How to tap on and tap off

Simply tap on with your Opal card on the Opal card readers at train stations, ferry wharves, on light rail stops and on buses to begin your journey.

At the end of your journey, always tap off on a reader^ and the system will automatically deduct the correct fare from your card.

^There’s no need to tap off on Manly Ferry services because there’s only one possible stop.

How to check your travel history

For a record of your recent travel, you can view your Activity Statement online by logging into your account or through the Opal Travel app.

Opal journeys are processed within 48 hours. If you have any questions about your Opal Activity statement please contact us via our feedback form or you can contact us at 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). We’ll look into your activity and let you know if any adjustments need to be made.

For any other questions see our Concession Job Seeker FAQs