As of today, TransLink will be slinging half-price public transport fares to job seekers and asylum seekers, as they continue to roll out their Farer Fairs package.

According to transport minister and deputy premier Jackie Trad, the new concessions are designed to reduce the financial burden on people having to schlep about town going to interviews and handing in resumés and to help out asylum seekers who are new to the community:

“These fare concessions will encourage travel across the Queensland public transport network connecting job seekers with employment services and job interviews.

“Asylum seekers who also rely on public transport to access important services like education and settlement support services will be able to apply.

“We have a responsibility to help those in our community who are often doing it tough while they are looking for work and accessing community services.”

The new concessions apply to people who job seekers who are on Newstart or Youth Allowance and people who been determined to be asylum seekers by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Eligible people can apply from today on the TransLink website, with the discount being applied to your current card or they’ll send a new card out to you, both within 14 days.

Other changes under the Fairer Fares package have included lengthening the window for cheaper ‘off-peak’ fares, a reduction in the price of one-zone fares, and the reduction of the number of travel zones from 23 to 8 bigger ones. Nice.

Source: Brisbane Times.

Photo: Getty Images / Jeff Greenberg.