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.
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.
More information on how to apply for an ASH concession SmartRider is available on the Transperth website
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"To mark Refugee Week, I am pleased to announce that the McGowan Government has introduced access to concession fares on public transport for asylum seekers in Perth.
"Restricted access to public transport can impact health and wellbeing, mental health and lead to social isolation - particularly if you are starting life in a new country.
"Lowering the cost of travel means that asylum seekers can use more of their limited income to cover the basic costs of living and access vital services and employment opportunities.
"By working together with asylum seeker support services to deliver this initiative we are providing practical help during what is often a challenging time."