Study Abroad: Sydney Pushes for Public Transport Concessions for All Students

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Sydney is striving to make concessions on public transport more accessible for all the students in NSW. As of now part-time students and international students are not eligible for public transport concessions. NSW has the maximum number of international students in Australia with Cr Chan highlighting to the council that international education is the 2nd largest service export in NSW. 


Increasing expenses of cost of living and housing have forced many students to live away from campus. As per the research conducted in the year 2020 at the University of Sydney, it was found that 90% of the students are living away from the campus. 

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Recently, the independent councilor HY William Chan called on the council to endorse a petition from the Sydney University SRC and their Postgraduate Representative Society in March 2024.

The petition received over 21000 signatures aiming to make transport concessions available to all the students in NSW.

Study Abroad: Sydney Pushes for Public Transport Concessions for All Students

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The majority of the students opting to study part-time are women, careers, and people with disabilities and are affected by the lack of concession for public transport. In addition to this more than 40 percent of the education providers starting from universities to English language courses are there in the City of Sydney which has more than 550 educational institutions. The council carried the motion to endorse the petition which will be debated in the NSW legislative assembly on 9th May 2024.

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