Scrap the Tertiary Transport Concession Card and consider an alternative option
  • Petitioned Campbell Newman

This petition was delivered to:

Campbell Newman
Queensland Government, Transport Minister
MP Scott Emerson

Scrap the Tertiary Transport Concession Card and consider an alternative option

    1. Justin Pfeffer
    2. Petition by

      Justin Pfeffer

      Brisbane, Australia

February 2014


As of the 3rd March 2014, at the discretion of the transport minister, Scott Emerson, tertiary students will be required to present proof that they are enrolled in an approved course with a minimum of 12 hours on-campus coursework per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, and will need to renew their concession cards every 12 months. These changes have been implemented to tackle "public transport users falsely claiming to be full time university students in order to receive cheaper fares."

The QUT Guild writes, "Everyone knows that students don't have a lot of money. Because we are studying full time we only have time for part time jobs which have to pay all the bills, rent, and food, with a little bit left over for our social lives. The new policy would make it difficult for many honest full time university students to get the 50% concession discount that they would otherwise be entitled to." 

"What the Government does not understand is that some courses that a university would deem 'full time' actually have less than 12 on-campus hours." 

For example, I am a Social Science student at CHC, were I need to take four subjects semester in order to be considered full time. This means each subject requires three hours a week to meet the required 12 on campus hours required by the government. However, I am in the same boat as many other students who have some subjects which only have two required contact hours, which puts me beneath the threshold. The new changes would cost me an additional $23.56 per week, which in Mr Emerson's eyes may not be much, but to a university student adds up.

Other students have to take some subjects externally or part time in order keep work long enough at their jobs to make ends meet. These students in particular would feel the strain of the full fare.

I, and other full-time students, call upon Scott Emerson to scrap the Tertiary Ttransport Concession Card and consider alternative solutions to the problem.

The QUT guild further writes that "an alternative solution to the problem could be to put the onus on universities to stop issuing student cards with expiry dates well after the student would graduate, so that graduates and drop-outs don't get the benefit of concession fares."

Campbell Newman, Premier
MP Scott Emerson, Queensland Government, Transport Minister
The new Tertiary Transport Concession Card system creates an unnecessary amount of financial stress on honest full-time university students. Please scrap the TTCC and consider putting the onus on universities to stop issuing student cards with expiry dates well after the student would graduate, or consider other options.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Pierce Thompson BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Increase the signature amount

    • Sujeewa Palagama AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I am a research student who go to the library daily, yet my contact hours are actually less than 10 hours. This will affect my education very badly.

    • Alice Holmes BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      I have no job and use the co card for almost everything. Getting to uni, going to the shops, everything. Plus, the student services will already be swamped getting first years their id's. Why should be punish them? By that reasoning, why should we increase the red tape in the Queensland system? Get your priories right, Queensland Government. You should first start using emails over fax before you start doing this. Join the 21st century.

    • Lindy Brown AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      As a student I have enough to financially worry about without having to go through all this hassle just for a bus card

    • Molly Jureidini AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      The government should be making it easier, not harder, for students – whether they are studying full- or part-time – to use public transport.


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