Tertiary SmartRider

Because you’re still a few years away from making a decent wage this SmartRider card will let you travel at a discounted rate. 

Who can get one?

You may only apply for a Tertiary SmartRider only if you are:

  • enrolled in full-time studies at a Western Australian University or TAFE College, or
  • a secondary school student attending school in the year you turn 19 or older, or
  • an interstate primary or secondary school student.

You are unable to apply for a Tertiary SmartRider if you are:

  • a part-time student
  • studying by correspondence
  • enrolled in an interstate or overseas institution
  • a visiting interstate or overseas tertiary student.

Tertiary SmartRider is the only ID we accept

We don’t accept student identification from your educational institution as proof that you are a full-time tertiary student. If you want a concession fare, you must carry your Tertiary SmartRider with you, even if you buy a cash ticket. No other form of concession will be accepted.

If you’re travelling with a Tertiary SmartRider you may be required to provide additional identification to prove the Tertiary SmartRider that you are using belongs to you. Also your Tertiary SmartRider is required to be in ‘working condition’. Damaged/unreadable SmartRiders are not accepted as valid proof of concession.

How to obtain your Tertiary SmartRider

The process for getting a Tertiary SmartRider depends on whether you attend a participating or non-participating institution. Participating institutions have an arrangement with us to automatically update your enrolment status and concession entitlements, so you can enjoy a much more streamlined process with less paperwork.

Select your institution below for detailed information on how to obtain and activate your Tertiary SmartRider.

Together, we can make public transport more affordable for all students.

If you already have a concession entitlement, you can keep your Concession or Pensioner SmartRider. If so, do not register your SmartRider through the below steps – you will lose your current entitlements.

Read more about Transperth concessions.

Select University:

Curtin University

Step 1 – Get your Tertiary SmartRider

Present your Curtin Student ID with the current year sticker to the G-Mart, Building 106G at the Bentley Campus to obtain your Tertiary SmartRider.If you’re studying at Kalgoorlie Campus, you can obtain your TransGoldfields Tertiary SmartRider from the Kalgoorlie Bus Depot, 108 Boulder Rd, Kalgoorlie.

A Tertiary SmartRider costs $10, which includes $5 credit.

If the G-Mart is closed, you can purchase a Standard SmartRider from any Retail Sales Outlet (RSO) or InfoCentre. A Standard SmartRider costs $20, which includes $10 credit, and you will need to follow the below steps to convert it to a Tertiary SmartRider.

If you already have a SmartRider, you can register it as a Tertiary SmartRider using the below process. Note: If the SmartRider has been registered in another person’s name, a new one will be required.

Step 2 – Register your SmartRider

Register your SmartRider on OASIS within five days of receiving your Tertiary SmartRider. Navigate to the ‘Campus Life and Guild’ tab and click SmartRider Concession Registration.

Failure to do so within this time may cause the activation process to fail.

Completing this declaration allows us to monitor your enrolment status. If you drop below full-time status (75 points) your concession travel entitlement will be removed.

Step 3 –Activate your Concession

You’ll need to activate your card by travelling (or tagging on and off at a SmartRider reader) 48 hours after submitting your Transperth Consent Declaration.

Failure to register your card and activating your concession will cause your card to revert to standard fares. If this occurs, repeat Step 2 onwards.

Step 4 – Enjoy the ride (but carry secondary ID)

Your Tertiary SmartRider is the only proof of tertiary concession Transperth accepts. If you leave your Tertiary SmartRider at home, standard fares apply.

You’ll also need to prove the Tertiary SmartRider belongs to you. Always carry a second form of photo ID and have it at the ready when asked. Your driver’s licence or proof of age card are both acceptable forms on ID.

Make sure your SmartRider doesn’t run low while you’re on the go. Read more about add value methods.

Edith Cowan University

Step 1 – Get your Tertiary SmartRider

Visit your campus’ e-Lab to obtain your Tertiary SmartRider. It is issued with zero balance, so if you want to travel straight away, you will need to add value. Read more about add value methods.

Once you have your card, complete the next steps to register your Tertiary SmartRider and ensure it doesn’t revert to Standard. If it does, you’ll need to complete the process again.

If you already have a SmartRider, you can register it as a Tertiary SmartRider using the below process. Note: If the SmartRider has been registered in another person’s name, a new one will be required.

Step 2 – Register your SmartRider

Complete the ECU Transperth Consent Declaration form within five days of receiving your Tertiary SmartRider to confirm concession status. Failure to do so may cause the activation process to fail.

Completing this declaration allows us to monitor your enrolment status. If you drop below fulltime status (45 credit points) your concession travel entitlement will be removed.

Step 3 – Activate Your Concession

You’ll need to activate your card by travelling (or tagging on and off at a SmartRider reader) 48 hours after submitting your Transperth Consent Declaration.

Failure to register your card and activating your concession will cause your card to revert to standard fares. If this occurs, repeat Step 2 onwards.

Step 4 – Enjoy the ride (but carry secondary ID)

Your Tertiary SmartRider is the only proof of tertiary concession Transperth accepts. If you leave your Tertiary SmartRider at home, standard fares apply.

You’ll also need to prove the Tertiary SmartRider belongs to you. Always carry a second form of photo ID and have it at the ready when asked. Your driver’s licence or proof of age card are both acceptable forms on ID.

Make sure your SmartRider doesn’t run low while you’re on the go. Read more about add value methods.

Murdoch University

Step 1 – Get your Tertiary SmartRider

Present your current Murdoch University Student ID card, with the current validation sticker, to the Murdoch Guild Second-Hand Bookshop or Sir Walter’s Murdoch Café at the Mandurah campus to obtain your Tertiary SmartRider.

A Tertiary SmartRider costs $10, which includes $5 credit.

If the Guild Second-Hand Bookshop and Sir Walter’s Café are closed, you can purchase a Standard SmartRider from any Retail Sales Outlet (RSO) or InfoCentre. A Standard SmartRider costs $20, which includes $10 credit, and you will need to follow the below steps to convert it to a Tertiary SmartRider.

If you already have a SmartRider, you can register it as a Tertiary SmartRider using the below process. Note: If the SmartRider has been registered in another person’s name, a new one will be required.

Step 2 – Register your Tertiary SmartRider

Register your SmartRider on Murdoch’s MyMurdoch within five days of receiving your Tertiary SmartRider. Failure to do so may cause the activation process to fail.

Completing this declaration allows us to monitor your enrolment status. If you drop below full-time status (9 points) your concession travel entitlement will be removed.

Step 3 – Activate your Concession

You’ll need to activate your card by travelling (or tagging on and off at a SmartRider reader) 48 hours after submitting your Transperth Consent Declaration.

Failure to register your card and activating your concession will cause your card to revert to standard fares. If this occurs, repeat Step 2 onwards.

Step 4 – Enjoy the ride (but carry secondary ID)

Your Tertiary SmartRider is the only proof of tertiary concession Transperth accepts. If you leave your Tertiary SmartRider at home, standard fares apply.

You’ll also need to prove the Tertiary SmartRider belongs to you. Always carry a second form of photo ID and have it at the ready when asked. Your driver’s licence or proof of age card are both acceptable forms on ID.

Make sure your SmartRider doesn’t run low while you’re on the go. Read more about add value methods.

University of WA

Step 1 – Get your Tertiary SmartRider

Present your UWA Campus card with the current year sticker at the Student Guild Bookshop to obtain your Tertiary SmartRider. A Tertiary SmartRider costs $10, which includes $5 credit.

If the Student Guild Bookshop is closed, you can purchase a Standard SmartRider from any Retail Sales Outlet (RSO) or InfoCentre. A Standard SmartRider costs $20, which includes $10 credit, and you will need to follow the below steps to convert it to a Tertiary SmartRider.

If you already have a SmartRider, you can register it as a Tertiary SmartRider using the below process. Note: If the SmartRider has been registered in another person’s name, a new one will be required.

Step 2 – Register your SmartRider

Register your SmartRider on UWA’s studentConnect within five days of receiving your Tertiary SmartRider. Failure to do so may cause the activation process to fail.

Completing this declaration allows us to monitor your enrolment status. If you drop below full-time status (24 credit points) your concession travel entitlement will be removed.

Step 3 – Activate Your Concession

You’ll need to activate your card by travelling (or tagging on and off at a SmartRider reader) 48 hours after submitting your Transperth Consent Declaration.

Failure to register your card and activating your concession will cause your card to revert to standard fares. If this occurs, repeat Step 2 onwards.

Step 4 – Enjoy the ride (but carry secondary ID)

Your Tertiary SmartRider is the only proof of tertiary concession Transperth accepts. If you leave your Tertiary SmartRider at home, standard fares apply.

You’ll also need to prove the Tertiary SmartRider belongs to you. Always carry a second form of photo ID and have it at the ready when asked. Your driver’s licence or proof of age card are both acceptable forms on ID.

Make sure your SmartRider doesn’t run low while you’re on the go. Read more about add value methods.

Notre Dame, TAFE and other colleges

Step 1 – Application

If you attend a non-participating institution, such as Notre Dame, TAFE and other colleges, you’ll need to complete the Transperth Application for Tertiary SmartRider form. Download the relevant form using the links below.

Metro students

Regional students

Step 2 – Authorisation

You’ll need to prove that you are studying full time (12 contact hours per week or more) to be entitled to a Tertiary SmartRider. Present your completed form to your Student Administration team for authorisation.

Student Administration will provide you with a course completion date and stamp your application as proof of full-time study.

Note: Your Tertiary SmartRider concession expiry date will automatically be set to 31 March of the following year unless an earlier expiry date is specified. You must complete and submit a new Application for Tertiary SmartRider form prior to this date to continue receiving concession fares, or your card will revert to Standard. Repeat Step 1 onwards to reactivate your concession.

Step 3 – Get your Tertiary SmartRider

Present your completed and authorised form to your closest Transperth Retail Sales Outlet or InfoCentre to obtain your Tertiary SmartRider. A Tertiary SmartRider costs $10, which includes $5 credit.

If you already have a SmartRider, complete the Tertiary SmartRider application form and present your SmartRider at the time of application. Note: If the SmartRider has been registered in another person’s name, a new one will be required.

Step 4 – Enjoy the ride (but carry secondary ID)

Your Tertiary SmartRider is the only proof of tertiary concession Transperth accepts. If you leave your Tertiary SmartRider at home, standard fares apply.

You’ll also need to prove the Tertiary SmartRider belongs to you. Always carry a second form of photo ID and have it at the ready when asked. Your driver’s licence or proof of age card are both acceptable forms on ID.

Make sure your SmartRider doesn’t run low while you’re on the go. Read more about add value methods.

Tertiary SmartRider Registration

Registration of your Tertiary SmartRider card is automatic.

For more information, see Register SmartRider.

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SmartRider Benefits

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Get a 20% discount off fares with SmartRider Autoload.

Learn about Autoload.

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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 you will need to travel 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 when I have no value on my card
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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