NSW Blinded Soldier Pass
NSW Blinded Soldier Pass
If you have a NSW Blinded Soldier Pass, you and your approved attendant are entitled to free travel on public transport in NSW.
Your attendant can travel with you for free if your pass or Opal card is marked "Plus Attendant".
You are eligible to apply for a NSW Blinded Soldier Pass, if you meet the following criteria:
- You are an Australian or NZ war veteran.
- You are a permanent resident in NSW.
- You are a war veteran classified by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) as blinded due to war service.
For a new or replacement NSW Blinded Soldier Pass:
- Complete the Blinded Soldier Pass application form (pdf 304KB).
- WW1 Veterans Widow/ers, George Cross and Victoria Cross applicants must supply a DVA letter confirming entitlement.
- Prepare digital copies of two colour passport-sized photos and any required supporting documents.
- Upload and submit your application form, photos and supporting documents online via the Concessions application form.
You can apply for the free travel Opal card on the same form.
The NSW Blinded Soldier Pass is issued free of charge and is valid for up to three years.
For replacement cards, you can call 131 500. A replacement fee may apply.
The NSW Blinded Soldier Pass is your proof of entitlement, so always carry it with you or you may be fined.
Free travel isn't available on fast ferries between Manly and Circular Quay, event shuttle buses, charter bus services or Great Southern Rail services. Check with your transport operators to find out if they recognise the NSW Blinded Soldier Pass.
In the Opal network, present your NSW Blinded Soldier Pass to transport staff for free travel. Your attendant can travel with you for free if your pass is marked "Plus Attendant".
The free Opal card means that you'll be able to use it to open the ticket gates at train stations (excluding Sydney Airport) and ferry wharves. It is optional and for convenience. It is not a requirement for free travel.
If you do not have your proof of entitlement card, you are required to pay for and travel with an Adult fare, or you may be fined for travelling on an invalid ticket. The free travel Opal card is optional.
How to get your free travel Opal card
- If you already have a NSW Blinded Soldier Pass or need a replacement free travel Opal card, call 131 500. A replacement fee may apply.
- If you are applying for a new or replacement NSW Blinded Soldier Pass, you can apply for the free travel Opal card on the same form. See how to apply.
The free travel Opal card is valid for five years or until your entitlement ceases.
Sydney Airport train station access fee
With your NSW Blinded Soldier Pass, you will not need to pay the Sydney Airport station access fee. Show your proof of entitlement to staff at the ticket gates. Your attendant will need to pay the Sydney Airport access fee.
If you have a NSW Blinded Soldier Pass, you are entitled to free travel on:
- privately-operated regular route local bus services
- NSW TrainLink Regional services, including interstate services.
Other privately owned and operated services may offer concessions at their own discretion. Check with local transport operators before you travel.