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Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

Pensioner Concession Card

Pensioner Concession Card

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Seniors Card

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Below is the list of concessions available in the education category. To view each concession, click on its name. To expand or collapse the information for every concession use the links below:

    Adult education

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    Student acommodation

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    • Accommodation allowance for tertiary students

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Financial support may be given to full-time tertiary students who live away from home due to the distance between their usual home in Tasmania and the closest tertiary institution offering their chosen course of study.

      Assistance is available to:

      • tertiary students who receive a DHS or DVA means-tested
        benefit or education supplement
      • students who are enrolled part-time due to genuine hardship (such as illness, disability or family breakdown).

      From 1 July 2011 this scheme was closed to new applicants. Existing applicants approved prior to 1 July 2011 will still be eligible for the allowance provided that they continue the course they were enrolled in at that date.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1800 816 057
      Email: FAU@education.tas.gov.au
      Web: http://bit.ly/tased-support2

    • Accommodation allowance for students (year 11 and 12)

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Financial support may be given to year 11 and 12 students who live away from home due to the distance between their usual home in Tasmania and the closest institution offering their chosen course of study.

      The assistance is available to:

      • full-time year 11 and 12 students
      • year 11 and 12 students who are enrolled part-time due to genuine hardship (such as illness, disability or family breakdown).

      For more information:

      Phone: 1800 816 057
      Email: FAU@education.tas.gov.au
      Web: http://bit.ly/tased-support2

    Primary school (K-6), High School and Secondary College

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    • Student assistance

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Assistance towards the cost of school levies may be available to low income families with:

      • full-time students from kindergarten to year 12 at state and non-government schools
      • students enrolled part-time due to genuine hardship (such as illness, disability or family breakdown).

      Assistance is based on a family’s taxable income and the number of dependent children. Assistance is also available to grandparents raising grandchildren, however, the grandparents income is not assessed. Grandparents must provide proof that their grandchildren are now legally in their care.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1800 816 057
      Email: stas@education.tas.gov.au
      Web: http://bit.ly/tased-support2

    • Spectacles assistance

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Assistance to buy spectacles may be available to low income families with:

      • full-time students from kindergarten to year 12 at state and non-government schools
      • students enrolled part-time due to genuine hardship (such as illness, disability or family breakdown).

      Assistance is based on a family’s taxable income and the number of dependent children. Assistance is also available to grandparents raising grandchildren, however, the grandparents income is not assessed. Grandparents must provide proof that their grandchildren are now legally in their care.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1800 816 057
      Email: FAU@education.tas.gov.au
      Web: http://bit.ly/tased-support2

    • School uniform exceptional assistance scheme

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Assistance may be given to buy school uniforms for:

      • students in exceptional circumstances.

      For more information:

      Contact a social worker at the student’s school.

    Tasmanian Polytechnic

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    • Tuition fees

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      Pensioner Concession Card; Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      A reduction on the normal tuition fee for each unit or module is available to enrolled students who hold a current:

      • DHS or DVA Pensioner Concession Card
      • DHS Health Care Card.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1300 655 307
      Web: www.tastafe.tas.edu.au

    • Courses without fees

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      Pensioner Concession Card

      Courses for which there are no tuition fees include:

      • Basic competencies delivered in General Education Programs
      • Courses specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
      • New Apprenticeship Access Program (NAAP)
      • Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
      • Vocational placement modules
      • Literacy and numeracy courses
      • Start Program
      • The Connect Program.

      Tuition fees are not charged for prisoners.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1300 655 307
      Web: www.tastafe.tas.edu.au

    • Courses with capped fees

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Course tuition fees for students are capped at the following annual
      maximum amounts:

      • $300 for students eligible for a concession
      • $1090 for full fee paying students.

      Students who are 16-19 years and who have had less than two years’ education after
      Year 10, will pay levies of $300 for a full years’ program.

      Note: Details listed are for the 2013 school year only and may change in 2014.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1300 655 307
      Web: www.tastafe.tas.edu.au

    • Fee waiver

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Fees can be waived in full or reduced to concession rate (capped at $300), or to an alternative amount for:

      • students in extreme financial hardship.

      Note: Details listed are for the 2013 school year only and may change in 2014.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1300 655 307
      Web: www.tastafe.tas.edu.au

    • Student childcare subsidy

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Up to a 25 per cent reimbursement of childcare costs (to a maximum of $500 per student per year) is available to students:

      • enrolled in an accredited course at TasTAFE
      • with childcare provided through a carer registered under the Family Day Care

      Scheme or a day care service or carer licensed by the Department of Education.

      Note: This concession is subject to available funds at the time of application.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1300 655 307
      Web: www.tastafe.tas.edu.au

    Student bus travel

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    • Adult student - metropolitan areas

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Adult concession fares of $1.90 (all sections single flat fare) apply at all times, not just for travel to and from school, and are available to:

      • full time students from the year of their 19th birthday.

      For more information:

      Metro
      Phone: 13 22 01
      Email: correspondence@metrotas.com.au
      Web: www.metrotas.com.au

      Merseylink
      Phone: 1300 367 590
      Email: admin@merseylink.com.au
      Web: www.merseylink.com.au

      National Relay Service
      TTY/Voice:
      133 677
      Speak & Listen (SSR): 1300 555 727
      Web: www.relayservice.com.au

    • Adult student - urban fringe and rural areas

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      A 50 per cent concession on the approved adult base fare applies at all times, not just for travel to and from school, and is available to:

      • full time students from the year of their 19th birthday.

      For more information:

      Phone: 6166 3350
      Email: passenger.transport@dier.tas.gov.au
      Web: www.transport.tas.gov.au

    • Adult student transport concessions

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      Adult students enrolled in full-time study at a recognised Tasmanian Education Institution and who, due to circumstances beyond their control, have yet to complete two equivalent years of post-grade 10 education or training, may be entitled to:

      • Travel between their place of residence and their education institution on public transport at the child student fare;
      • A Student Bus Pass for free travel; or
      • A Conveyance Allowance

      An “Adult Student” is any student 18 years of age or older before 1 January of the current calendar year.

      For more information:

      Phone: 6166 3350
      Email: passenger.transport@dier.tas.gov.au
      Web: www.transport.tas.gov.au

    • Student - metropolitan areas

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Student fares of $1.30 (single trip) provide travel including transfers for 90 minutes. This applies to:

      • full time students up to and including the year of their 18th birthday.

      For more information:

      Metro
      Phone: 13 22 01
      Email: correspondence@metrotas.com.au
      Web: www.metrotas.com.au

      Merseylink
      Phone: 1300 367 590
      Email: admin@merseylink.com.au
      Web: www.merseylink.com.au

      National Relay Service
      TTY/Voice:
      133 677
      Speak & Listen (SSR): 1300 555 727
      Web: www.relayservice.com.au

    • Apprentice and trainee travel allowances for off-the-job training

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      A travel allowance of 41 cents per kilometre (45 cents for students living on the West Coast) is payable to:

      • apprentices and trainees who have to travel more than 42 kilometres return to
        attend off-the-job training.

      Where apprentices and trainees are required to travel within Tasmania for
      training an accommodation allowance of $40 per day (to a maximum of
      $200 per week) is available to:

      • apprentices and trainees who have to travel more than 40 kilometres each way to
        attend training with a registered training organisation within Tasmania.

      Where apprentices and trainees are required to travel to the mainland for
      training, the State Government will (to a maximum amount of $5,000 per
      calendar year):

      • contribute to the cost of airfares
      • provide $52 towards airport transfers
      • pay an accommodation allowance of $72 a day.

      For more information:

      Phone: 1800 655 846
      Email: skills.tasmania.www.mail@skills.tas.gov.au
      Web: www.skills.tas.gov.au/apprenticeshipstraineeships/incentives/allowances

    • Student - urban fringe and rural areas

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      Student fares of $1.30 apply at all times, not just for travel to and from school, and are available to students up to the year of their 18th birthday who are travelling:

      • full time on a fare-charging service outside of urban areas.

      Students who have been issued with a 'Student Greencard' will be able to travel at a concession fare of $1.00 per single trip.

      For more information:

      Phone: 6166 3350
      Email: passenger.transport@dier.tas.gov.au
      Web: www.transport.tas.gov.au

    • Conveyance allowance

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      An allowance to assist with the cost of transporting students to the nearest school or school bus service is available to students:

      • who live five kilometres or more from the nearest school or school bus stop (whichever is closer)
      • with special needs who are unable to access public transport
      • living on Bass Strait islands and attending their closest educationally appropriate school or college on mainland Tasmania.

      For more information:

      Phone: 6166 3350
      Email: passenger.transport@dier.tas.gov.au
      Web: www.transport.tas.gov.au

    • Student Bus Pass - metropolitan, urban fringe and rural areas

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      Concession available to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria

      No fare is charged for travelling between home and school to:

      • students aged up to and including the year of their 18th birthday who have a Student Bus Pass for free travel.

      For more information:

      Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources
      Phone:
      1800 851 225
      Email: passenger.transport@dier.tas.gov.au
      Web: www.transport.tas.gov.au

      National Relay Service
      TTY/Voice:
      133 677
      Speak & Listen (SSR): 1300 555 727
      Web: www.relayservice.com.au