For those looking for student and travel cards, there are a number of options. The pros and cons for each and which one will suit your student’s needs will depend on how old they are and what they are most likely to use it for.
For each of these, you’ll need to show a copy of your state home education registration letter.
International Student Identity Card – photo ID with your birthdate, identifying you as a student. Cost $30 – valid around the world and gives you access to loads of discounts as well as the ability to prove your age. The ISIC card only lasts for one year from date of issue so you need to order a new one each year. It is valid as a student card on Countrylink trains.There are all sorts of discounts ISIC card holders are eligible for – e.g. Hoyts movie tickets at $10.50, Quantas flights at 40% off.
Keypass: is a card with photo, name, address, date of birth and emergency contact details. It proves your age but not that you are a student. There’s one for people aged under 18, and one for those aged over 18. The cost is $39.95. The Keypass need only be applied for once but is more expensive than an ISIC and doesn’t identify the holder as a “student” and can’t be used for discounts on goods or services. Keypass includes the holder’s address and emergency contact details. Photo ID is required as part of the application but this can consist of a “Statutory Declaration containing a photo of the applicant that has been endorsed by a person who has known the application longer than 12 months but does not reside with or is not related to the applicant.”
Travel: Kids aged 5 to 18 can travel on a Child myki (although students over 17 are required to carry proof of age). Home educated students are not eligible for a Victorian Student Pass (which gives you unlimited travel on all train, tram and bus services within your chosen zones until the expiry of the pass) because they do not travel to and from school each day. However, they can apply for a PTV Student ID card which they can carry as proof they are eligible for the Child myki fare (so only necessary if they look over 17). To apply:
- complete the PTV School Student ID application form (PDF or Word) excluding the School Declaration and Student Passes sections
- enclose a photocopy of your current Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority home schooling notification letter
- enclose a cheque made out to Public Transport Victoria for the $9.00 processing fee.
- Send your application to:
Home School PTV School Student ID applications
PO BOX 4724
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
A valid PTV School Student ID will be posted to you.
Victorian Health Care Cards If you are 17 and over and have a Victorian Health Care Card, you can use your Health Care Card as proof of your concession entitlement. You do not need to apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VTP) Student Concession Card to travel on concession fares. For more information, see Health Care Cards.
Myki Cards Holders of Health Care Cards can purchase a concession Myki online at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/application/MYKIcvm/buy/index.html
New South Wales
NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession Cards Registered Home schooled students 16 years and over are eligible for student concession travel .
The following information is required:
Copy of the child’s home school registration certificate. As registration in NSW is only until age 17. The concession certificate expires on the student’s 17th Birthday.
Photocopy of the student’s birth certificate .
Completion of the Home Schooled Student Transport Concession Application Form (they will email it to you to complete).
To apply contact the Transport Passes and Concessions Office
By mail: Locked Bag 5085 Parramatta NSW 2124
Phone: 1300 548 828
From the Rail Information Centre
Grand Concourse, Central Station
8:30-16:00, Monday to Friday
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application form
Queensland Student Cards Registered home educators in Queensland can apply for a Student ID card with photo. Contact the Home Education Unit with a passport photo and your registration details email@example.com The email also requires a statement from you “This is a current picture of my child (full name). Their birthday is (date); and current address is (address).” This email statement will be kept on file at the HEU together with the student photo.
Queensland Travel Cards: Translink in Qld recognise the home ed HEU card (issued by the department on home ed registration) for student travel for students aged 14 years and under. For students aged over 14, we are unaware of any formal department arrangements for student priced travel. If you have any information in this regard, please contact us to share it with other families.
Home educated students with an HEU ID card can travel in South East Queensland using a go card. Buy a green concession go card online, at selected retailers, or over the phone. Once you have your concession go card, please update its expiry date at the retailer. This will be set to the same expiry date as your student ID.
Student cards are available through the school you are enrolled at (and excused from attendance at).