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Locals Fares


The QLD Government Local Fare Scheme

The Queensland Government’s Local Fare Scheme is an airfare subsidy that aims to improve the standard of living of local residents in regional and remote Queensland communities by making air travel to neighbouring communities more affordable.

The airfare subsidy is available until 30 June 2021 for local residents who can demonstrate they currently live and have lived in a Local Fare Scheme region for at least the last 3 years. Residents may receive a discount of up to $400 for return airfare bookings when traveling between Mornington Island and Cairns.

To be eligible for the scheme, local residents will be required to provide a letter from their local council to prove they currently live and have lived in a Local Fare Scheme region for the last 3 years.

Conditions for the
Local Fare Travel Scheme

  • Up to $400 discount for return travel, including GST; up to $200 discount is applied to each one-way fare, including GST. Minimum fare payable is $99 each way, including GST, plus booking fees.
  • Residents must book return travel; one-way flights are not eligible.
  • Residents must apply for and be issued with a Letter of Eligibility through their local council before being able to book discounted fares under the Local Fare Scheme.
  • Discounted airfares under the scheme are only available through a local ticketing agent.
  • Discount applies at the airline’s discretion.
  • Discount cannot be applied to entry level airfares or tactical sale fares.
  • Fare rules are in accordance with the fare type booked, set by airlines.
  • Discount is for personal air travel only, not for employer paid or government use.
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other government travel subsidy.
  • Use is limited to 12 times per financial year, per person.
  • Only for use on scheduled air services to selected communities in Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait.
  • Not for use on charter services.
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads can change any aspect of the scheme at any time, including but not limited to discount amount, community scope, seat availability and eligibility requirements.

Steps for Booking Your Flight

Step 1 — Apply for your Letter of Eligibility

Visit Council and provide evidence that you currently live and have lived in a Local Fare Scheme region for at least the last 3 years. If approved, you will be issued a Letter of Eligibility. Contact Mornington Shire Council for more information.

If you have lost your Letter of Eligibility contact your local council for a replacement.

Step 2 — Buy Your Ticket

Visit your local ticketing agent to buy your ticket.

Bookings can be made on behalf of family members if each family member has a Letter of Eligibility.
To access discounted flights through the Local Fare Scheme you must:

  • present photo ID
  • provide your Letter of Eligibility
  • book a return flight from an eligible airport through the local ticketing agent;
  • complete travel by 30 June 2021; and
  • advise the ticketing agent the reason for travel (this information is used by Transport and Main Roads to record data regarding the scheme use).

Step 3 — Turn Up For Your Flight

  • Turn up for the flight
  • Present photo ID

Depending on the type of fare you have booked you will need to contact your ticketing agent if you miss your flight or need to change it. If you miss more than 2 flights within a 12-month period, you may not be able to receive any further discounted flights.

For more information about the Local Fare Scheme

Email: aviation@translink.com.au.

Eligible airports and local ticketing agents for Mornington Island

Mornington Island airport

Mornington Shire Council – 07 4745 7800

Airline: REX

Local ticketing Agent:
Quartzcave Pty Ltd Owen Walker, Jessy and Greg Taylor – 0427 672 331

See above for eligible airports and local ticketing agent contact details.