Pensioner SmartRider

For Carers, Aged Pension or Disability Support Pensioners.

Who is eligible?

To make your travelling more convenient if you receive a Carer, Aged Pension or Disability Support Pension, you are entitled to a Pensioner SmartRider card. If you also hold a WA Seniors card, there is no need to apply for a Pensioner SmartRider. See information about Seniors SmartRider.

With your Carer, Aged and Disability Support Pensioner SmartRider you will be able to travel for free at the following times:

  • From first service until 6am
  • From 9am until 3.30pm
  • From 7pm until last service
  • All day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Concession fares at other times.

For free off-peak travel on Monday to Friday, start your journey by tagging on before 6.00am, after 9.00am or before 3.30pm and after 7.00pm. If your initial tag on is between 6.00am and 9.00am or 3.30pm and 7.00pm you will be charged a concession fare for that journey.

Purchase cost and initial minimum value

Your Carer, Aged and Disability Support Pensioner SmartRider card is free.

If you want to use it outside the free travel hours, you need to buy a minimum $5.00 initial value.

How to obtain

Applications in person

You may apply for Carer, Aged and Disability Support Pensioner SmartRider card at a Transperth InfoCentre or Retail Sales Outlet.

Applications by mail

You may also call 13 62 13 and ask to have an application sent to you in the post.

Additional things you should know

For free off-peak travel on Monday to Friday, start your journey by tagging on before 6am, between 9am and 3.30pm, or after 7pm. This allows you free travel until the transfer period finishes, which is 2 hours for travel up to 4 zones and 3 hours for travel more than 4 zones.

If you tag on between 6am and 9am, or 3.30pm and 7pm, you will be charged a concession fare for that journey. 
You must tag on and tag off to receive your free public transport entitlements. If you want to use your Carer, Aged and Disability Support Pensioner SmartRider card outside the free travel period, you need to add value to your card.

Pensioner SmartRider Registration

Registration of your Carer, Aged and Disability Support Pensioner SmartRider card is automatic. For more information, go to Register SmartRider.

SmartRider Benefits

Save 20%

Get a 20% discount off fares with SmartRider Autoload.

Learn about Autoload.


Use your SmartRider to pay for parking at stations.

Learn about Parking.

Frequently Asked SmartRider Questions

What if I lose my SmartRider card?
If you’ve registered your SmartRider and it’s lost or stolen we can transfer your remaining balance to your new card. Unfortunately there’s no protection for unregistered cards. Make sure you let us know as soon as you notice it’s gone so we can hotlist it. For more info go to Lost or Stolen Cards.
How do I tag on and off?
At the start and end of each journey, place your SmartRider card over the picture of the card on a card reader on the bus, on the ferry or at the train station. A beep and green light confirms a successful tag on or tag off. When you tag on, the card reader will display your remaining balance. When you tag off, the card reader will display the amount of the fare deducted and your remaining balance. For more information go to Using SmartRider.
How do I check my SmartRider balance?
There are a number of ways to check your balance. Go to Check SmartRider Balance.
Who is eligible for the student fare?
If you’re a primary or secondary school student you can use the Student SmartRider. You’ll get the student fare for any journey Monday – Friday during the school year and concession fares on the weekend and during the Christmas school holidays.
How do I register my SmartRider card?
There are a number of ways you can register your SmartRider. For details go to Register SmartRider.
What is Autoload?
Autoload enables a direct debit to be made automatically from a nominated bank account or credit card to your SmartRider when the balance on your card falls below the low-value threshold of $6 for standard users and $3 for concession users. Register for Autoload through My Account
More information on Autoload can be found here.
Can I use my Digital Wallet as proof of concession?
If you have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Card you can provide proof of your concession entitlement by showing the card on your phone through Centrelink's Digital Wallet.
What is a pending action?
A pending action is a change/update that is waiting to be applied to your SmartRider.

Your SmartRider stores information including your concession status, Autoload status and card balance. When we need to update this information, a pending action is created so that the information on the card can be updated.

Pending actions are generally available to your SmartRider the day following their creation, except BPAY which can take several days to become available. For example if you activate Autoload online through My Account today Autoload will be available to be applied to your card tomorrow.

In order to update your card with this new information you are required to tag on. We recommend that you travel within a week of the pending action being created. Alternatively, if you do not need to travel, you can tag on, wait 15 seconds, and then tag off (preferably at any train station).

This will ensure that the update is applied to your SmartRider. If you do not travel/ tag on in the first week, or if it has been over two weeks since you last used the card, it is possible that the pending action will not be applied to your SmartRider on the first try. If this is the case please contact Transperth InfoLine at least one day prior to travelling again, or tag your SmartRider on and off over two to three consecutive days. 

Please contact the Transperth InfoLine (13 62 13) if you have trouble applying a pending action.
My Autoload won't activate
Autoload is designed to activate even if the card is new and you have no previous balance on the card, though unfortunately there can be instances where this doesn’t occur. If this happens to you please contact the InfoLine on 13 62 13 or visit an InfoCentre in Perth.
Why does the balance come off my card when Autoload fails?
When you tag on under the low value threshold we will add the value of your Autoload onto your card immediately, under the assumption we will be able to get this value from your credit or debit card within the next 24-48 hours. If, for whatever reason, we are unable to access those funds your Autoload will be disabled and the value that was credited to your card will be removed.

In order to add value to your SmartRider balance, you will need to use alternative ‘add value’ methods until you can check your details and reactivate your Autoload.
Why isn't the SmartRider system live?
The SmartRider system is currently a card based system, where the information from your travel is stored on your card. Unfortunately we are unable to keep the Transperth website and app immediately up to date with every transaction that occurs.

The system takes between 12 and 24 hours for your latest transactions and any changes to appear online.
Will removing a SmartRider from my account hotlist the card?
No, this will simply mean that it is no longer linked to that particular My Account.

Any Autoload, SmartParker or Bike Shelter registrations will remain active on the SmartRider card.

If you would like to report your card as lost or stolen and have it hotlisted please contact the InfoLine on 13 62 13.
How do I order a replacement card while I am still in school?
If you damage or lose your SmartRider you will need to order a new SmartRider.

You will need to go through the same process as when you received your initial SmartRider card.

For example, if your card was issued by your school you will need to speak to your school to order a new one. Or if you ordered your card through the online system you can also order your replacement here.
My highschool SmartRider has an expiry date, what does this mean?
This expiry date relates to the concession entitlement to the student fare you receive while you are in high school. Once the expiry date passes your SmartRider will revert to a standard SmartRider and you will be charged standard fares.

Before this date you can apply to have a new concession on your card, such as a Health Care Card or tertiary concession if you are continuing your studies at an eligible institution.
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