Travel discounts for international students
29 October 2012
The NSW Government has announced public transport fare discounts for international students as part of ongoing efforts to promote the State as a world-class location for international education. The new travel concessions are in direct response to a recommendation from the NSW Government's International Education and Research Taskforce which released its final report today (29 October 2012)
Premier Barry O'Farrell made the announcement in India, where he is currently promoting NSW's education credentials as part of a trade mission, while Acting Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner was joined at the University of Sydney by Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills Gabrielle Upton and Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton.
"International education is the state's second biggest industry in terms of exports – worth $6 billion," Mr O'Farrell said.
"We have world-class universities, vocational institutions and research organisations, but we need to do more to attract international students seeking high quality education, cultural and employment experience.
"The travel concessions announced today will increase the attraction of NSW as an ideal location for further education and provide better access to safe and affordable public transport options for overseas students."
The changes mean international students will soon have access to public transport travel discounts of up to 35 per cent on MyMulti passes offering periodic unlimited travel on buses, trains, light rail and ferries in Greater Sydney, the Hunter and the Illawarra.
The discounts allow for potential savings of more than $800 on an annual MyMulti3 pass and more than $450 on an annual MyMulti2. Overseas students can also save more than $200 on a MyMulti3 90 day pass and $133 on a MyMulti2 90 day pass.
Mr Stoner said the Government's full response to the International Education and Research Taskforce's final report will be released soon.
"Our announcement today on travel discounts is a first step towards making NSW a more attractive international education destination"
"Enhancing NSW's reputation for international education and research will be critical to our efforts to position the NSW economy for growth in the next decade," Mr Stoner said.
For more information and for a copy of the final report from the NSW Government's International Education and Research Taskforce visit International Education and Research Industry Action Plan.
Update: For more information on international student travel discounts visit http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/international-student-travel-discount.