Concessions & Discounts
- Student Concessions
- Victorian Public Transport concession
- Health Care Cards
- Other forms of assistance
- Parking concessions for students with a disability
- Bond Loan Scheme
Student concessions are a great way to save money. Discounts for students are available on goods, services and entertainment such as health care, public transport, airfares, movies, haircuts, Museum entry, computers, restaurants, art supplies, newspapers and the list goes on.
How do you get student discounts?
The following cards will entitle you to concessions on goods and services
- Your Melbourne University Student card makes you eligible for such things as cheap movie tickets, concession entry to the Zoo and various other retail discounts offered to students
- Students do not automatically receive concessions on public transport. You will be required to purchase a PTV Tertiary ID. The card entitles you to concession on all Victorian Public Transport, throughout the state.
- Health Care Cards issued by Centrelink includes entitlement to free ambulance transport, health care entitlements, discount bills and a range of other benefits. Most students who are eligible for Centrelink assistance will be eligible. There is also a Low Income Health Care Card for people who do not receive Centrelink support.
To receive concession fares on public transport you must purchase a concession card or have a Health Care Card. Eligibility conditions apply.
You can access your PTV Tertiary ID Application Form online via the Student Portal. The PTV Tertiary ID forms will automatically print with your details and photo. The form then needs to be taken to a premium station. If you are not eligible for a concession, you will be notified if you try and access the form online. The eligibility criteria is set by Public Transport Victoria.
Most international students and Australian students studying at a postgraduate level (who don't have a Health Care Card) are not eligible for transport concessions.
International exchange students are eligible for transport concession.
Health Care Card holders are entitled to a range of benefits including public transport concession. The card is applied for through Centrelink.
Students on low incomes who do not receive a Centrelink benefit may also be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card.
Medical benefits include hospital and ambulance cover, free medical consultations and subsidised prescription medication through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).Not all concessions are health related. Further concessions apply to:
- Motor vehicle registration
- Winter energy concession- gas and electricity (The bill must be in the HCC holders name)
- Concession on water bills (The bill must be in the HCC holders name)
- Public transport concession, including VLine.
- Local council concessions on pet registration
Bond Loan Scheme
Local students who are on low incomes may be able to apply for a loan from the Department of Human Services in order to pay the bond on a rental property.
Australians on low incomes may be eligible for benefits within the community such as financial assistance and emergency relief, health care assistance, housing assistance, consumer and legal rights information. For full details of all government concessions, visit the Department of Human Services site.
The University of Melbourne may waive the cost of on-campus parking permit for students who have a disability and are in financial need.
To apply for a fee-waiver parking permit please make an appointment with Student Financial Aid after you have received approval from the parking office to park on campus. A medical certificate relating to the disability will be required.