Regional apprentices and trainees in Goulburn can now apply for the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $250 Regional Apprentice and University Student Travel Card.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said Regional Apprentice and University Travel Card is a budget-boosting initiative to help ease cost of living pressures in the bush where young people face long distances to get to and from work or training.
“I’m pleased to announce from today that more than 51,000 regional apprentices and trainees, aged between 16 and 66, can save apply to save $250 on fuel and public transport to help with the cost of traveling to work or study,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“Since the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government announced this initiative last year my office has been inundated with calls on when applications open.
“Well from today, if you’re an apprentice or trainee you can get down to your local Service NSW centre and apply for the $250 Regional Apprentice and University Travel Card and it will be sent to you within weeks.
“If you’re a parent or partner of an apprentice or trainee and you take them to their work or study, still encourage them to apply to help towards fuel costs.”
“Our government built a strong economy so we can roll out budget boosting initiatives when they’re needed. Supporting country people with the rising cost of living will keep our state moving.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the card was a win for apprentices and trainees hard at work in restaurants, childcare centres and on farms and construction sites across regional NSW.
“It’s a $250 boost that will ease the cost of filling up the tank or catching transport to work or class for thousands of people working towards their future career,” Mr Toole said.
“This is not just an investment that is putting fuel in the tank of apprentices and trainees now. This is an investment that is fuelling the training of the workforce our regional businesses need for the future.
“Our Regional Seniors Travel Card has proven successful, delivering more than one million cards and injecting $196 million into regional economies since its launch in 2019, and we believe this card will be just as successful.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said eligible apprentices and trainees who apply will receive a $250 prepaid debit card within weeks.
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government wants to get this $250 in the back pockets of our apprentices and trainees to help lower the costs of travel and boost their budgets,” Mr Farraway said.
“Last month we launched a pilot of the card in Dubbo which allowed us to finetune the application process ahead of today.
“Our Government has built a strong economy so we can roll out budget boosting initiatives just like this, supporting country people with the rising cost of living will keep our state moving.”
Applications for university students will open from the end of April when enrolments are confirmed. Apprentices and trainees have until 30 November to apply for the 2023 card.
The initiative will run as a two-year trial until the end of 2024.
More details about eligibility and how to apply can be found at: