Our Student SmartRider is your child’s ticket to ride on Transperth services. If your child is a primary or secondary school student, they can use their Student SmartRider, which gives them a 60 cent student fare for any journey, Monday to Friday, throughout the school year. On the weekends and summer holidays, the Student SmartRider entitles your child to concession travel.
There are several ways to obtain a Student SmartRider for your child. The method for obtaining a SmartRider will depend on whether your child is a primary or a secondary student.
For primary school students are two ways to get a Student SmartRider. You can use a manual application form or place an online order. The initial card is free if you use the manual application form.
Ordering with application form
Complete an Application for Student SmartRider form, have it authorised by your school administration and mail it to the address shown on the form.
If your primary school is registered you can order online. To see if your school is registered check the Monitor WA website. Please note that to order online the cost will be $5 per card application.
Obtaining an initial secondary student SmartRider card will depend on whether your school is a 'participating' school or registered for online ordering.
Participating secondary schools
Check with your school's administration to find out if it's a participating school. A participating school automatically processes a Student SmartRider application for all new students, receives the cards and issues them to students.
Some secondary schools are registered for online ordering. To see if your school is registered check the Monitor WA website.
If your school is neither a participating school nor regsitered for online ordering, you'll need to complete an Application for Student SmartRider form, have it authorised by the school's administration and send it to the address on the form.
Complete and Application for Student Smartrider form.
Attach a copy of your ‘Home Education Certificate of Registration’ available from your Home Education Moderator in your region, compulsory.
Send to the address on the form along with a cheque or money order (if applicable).
Or you can attend the Monitor WA office, with both a completed Application for Student Smartrider form and Home Education Certificate of Registration, at Unit 2/17 Macadam Place Balcatta WA 6021 between 9:00am and 4:30pm to pay by cash and collect your Student SmartRider card on the spot.
When your child receives their Student SmartRider, you can register to be listed as a 'Third Party' on their card. This will allow you to make enquiries regarding your child's SmartRider card, when you call the Transperth InfoLine. To become registered as a 'Third Party', call the InfoLine on 13 62 13, with your child present. Your child will need to verify that you are their parent, and that they wish for you to act on their behalf. Once completed, you will not need your child present in future to make enquiries regarding their card.
Your child will need have value on their card to pay for their travel. There are several ways you can do this.
The simplest way to get your child moving is adding cash onto the SmartRider either with the bus driver (notes only), at an InfoCentre or Retail Sales Outlet or at an add value machine located at some train stations.
Once they are up and running you can add Autoload to your child's card. Autoload is an automatic top up method that will deduct a nominated amount from a bank account or credit card when the SmartRider is running low on value. You can set up Autoload online through My Account.
Find out more about adding value to your SmartRider here.
Concerned your child may not have enough money to travel? We suggest activating Autoload on your child’s card. When the balance is low, it automatically adds value from a selected bank account. It’s quick and convenient to set up and gives you peace of mind when your child is out and about.
You can add Autoload online through My Account.
For more information on alternative methods to add value to your childs SmartRider.
With a million and one things on your child’s mind accidents do happen. Call the InfoLine to discuss the situation on 13 62 13.
The cost of a cash concession fare is dependent on how many zones your child travels through. Zones are circular bands, each between 8 and 10 kilometres wide, with Perth city in the centre. See zone map for details.
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