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Student ID cards

As a student of Swinburne University, you are entitled to a Student ID card. Your Student ID card will identify you as a student when accessing services and facilities on Swinburne campuses, act as your library card and is your identification for your examinations.

Where do I get my Swinburne ID card?

You can obtain your Student ID card from any studentHQ at any campus once you have enrolled. You must bring along photo identification (e.g. drivers licence, passport) with you.

Please note: If you do not have valid photo identification, you can present a birth certificate, Centrelink or Medicare card. Your Student ID card will be printed photoless until you present photo identification to obtain a Student ID card with a photo.

Are you an online student?

Your Student ID card will be issued by Open Universities Australia (OUA). Please visit the OUA website for more details.

You will need to advise your Student Liaison Officer at Swinburne Online (SOL) that you like a Student ID card. After your enrolment has been completed a photoless Student ID card can be mailed to you.

You will need to contact studentHQ and advise them that you would like a Student ID card. After your enrolment has been completed a photoless Student ID card can be mailed to you.

Head coverings in photos

You can only wear head coverings worn for religious reasons in photos. The photo must clearly show both edges of your face and from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead.

If you cannot follow these guidelines because of religious or cultural reasons, please come and see us at the student HQ where we can discuss alternative arrangements.

We use the Australian Government passport photo guidelines for ID card photos.

Lost or stolen ID card

For lost or stolen Student ID cards, you should notify the Library as soon as possible, as cardholders are, under library rules, responsible for any transaction made on their card up to the time of notification of the loss.

To have your lost Student ID card reissued, a replacement fee of $30 will apply. You can pay for a replacement card at any studentHQ.

For stolen cards, you will be issued with a replacement card at no cost upon presentation of a police report.

Updating your student ID card

All Student ID cards are valid for the projected duration of your course (with a maximum of 5 years). If your Student ID card has expired please come into the studentHQ to have your card replaced free of charge.

Perpetual ID number

Your Student number will remain the same regardless of re-issues or changes in personal or enrolment details. For example, you will be issued with the same ID number if you are a Swinburne alumnus returning to study at Swinburne.


Transport concession cards

The Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card entitles eligible students to concession fares on board all train, tram and bus services, as specified on the VPT Student Concession Card.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for a travel concession you must be:

  • Attending a normal course of full time study at a school/institution registered with the Victorian Department of Education & Early Childhood Development as shown in the Victorian Public Transport approved schools and approved courses in Tertiary Institutions Register; and
  • A citizen or permanent resident of Australia. Students with refugee status, a student studying as part of an approved overseas exchange program, or with an Australian Development Scholarship are also eligible.
  • An undergraduate student (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters or Doctorate students are not eligible as well as apprenticeship courses).
  • Must be enrolled in a tertiary course which is more than 10 weeks in duration.
  • Must be a local student (overseas full fee paying students are not eligible).

You are not eligible if you are:

  • Enrolled in a masters, doctorate, or other postgraduate course.
  • An overseas full-fee paying student (primary, secondary or tertiary).
  • Enrolled in a tertiary course which is less than 10 weeks duration.
  • Enrolled in an apprenticeship course.
  • Enrolled in an off-campus course.

For more information please visit the Public Transport Victoria site.

How to apply for a Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card

The application form is available from:

Please note: All applications are to be lodged with Victorian Public Transport. Please visit their website for more information.

Form Authorisation

Application forms can be authorised at any studentHQ. You must bring your Swinburne Student ID card with you.

International students

If you are studying a Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, you will have access to discounted public transport through the International Undergraduate Student Education Pass (iUSEpass).