Asylum seekers in Perth will have access to concession fares on public transport under a new Asylum Seeker Hub (ASH) concession, improving asylum seeker access to health, education, community services and job interviews, if they are deemed eligible to work.
It is expected that up to 800 asylum seekers may be eligible for an ASH concession – and discounted public transport in Perth.
To be eligible to apply for an ASH concession SmartRider, asylum seekers will need to live in Western Australia, not be in full-time education, not be in full-time employment and be holding or currently applying for a bridging visa as an asylum seeker, or appealing a determination of status as an asylum seeker.
To mark Refugee Week the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interest Mr Papalia, announced that the McGowan Government has introduced access to concession fares on public transport for asylum seekers in Perth. “By working together with asylum seeker support services to deliver this initiative we are providing practical help during what is often a challenging time.”