If you're the widow of a First World War (WW1) veteran, you're eligible to apply for a WW1 veterans' widows free pass. This pass entitles you and your attendant to free travel on trains, buses, most ferries, and light rail. You can apply for a free Opal card at the same time.


You're eligible if you're:

  • a permanent resident of NSW, and
  • the widow of a WW1 veteran.

What you need

  • your personal and contact details
  • your DVA file number
  • a letter from the DVA confirming your concession entitlement
  • 2 identical current colour passport size photos, with your printed name and signature on the back of one of them
  • the PDF form – 'Application for Ex-Defence Force Concession Entitlement card and Opal card'.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  3. Complete, print and sign the form.
  4. Attach your photographs.
  5. Lodge your application by mail or email, to the details on the form.

More information

  • The WW1 veterans' widows free pass is your proof of entitlement, so always carry it with you. It is valid for 3 years.
  • The free Opal card just means that you'll be able to use it to open the ticket gates at train stations (excluding Sydney Airport) and ferry wharves.
  • Your attendant can travel with you for free if your pass is marked "Plus Attendant".
  • Outside the Opal network your pass also entitles you to:
    • free travel on regular local bus services 
    • free travel on all NSW TrainLink Regional services and interstate services.
  • 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 Local Transport Operators to find out if they recognise the WW1 veteran's widows free pass travel pass.
Last updated: 1 May 2023