Student responsibilities

School students at Central StationWhenever you're travelling with your School Opal card, stay safe and respect your fellow passengers.

Stay safe

  • Stand behind the yellow line on the platform.
  • Board and alight the train in a way that's safe for you and other passengers.
  • Move well inside the carriage in order to keep doorways clear.
  • Never board a train or holding the door open after the whistle has blown. Some train doors are not like lift doors and will continue to close even if obstructed.
  • Never ride bicycles, skateboards or scooters on station platforms.
  • Never play with sporting equipment on the platform.

Respect your fellow passengers

  • Offer up your seat if all the seats are full and adults are standing. Don't wait to be asked.
  • Be polite. Wait for all passengers to leave the train before you get on.
  • Be aware of where you're standing. Remember, your backpack can bump into people behind you.
  • Have a look at the carriage before you get on. If it's full, spread out along the platform and use different doors. You'll see your friends again later.
  • Take care with your school bag. Make sure it's not in the way of other passengers or blocking the walkway or doors and keep it off the seat.
  • Help others. Keep an eye out for elderly people and those with disabilities. These people often travel by train and they could do with your help. Also people with babies in strollers or prams may appreciate a helping hand.
  • Understand your behaviour counts. When you apply for your School Opal card, you're giving permission for Sydney Trains to show security camera footage to your school principal or teachers should you be caught misbehaving and breaching the code of conduct.

Code of conduct

In order to comply with the code of conduct for school students on trains and stations, make sure you:

  • Obey all signage instructions on stations and trains.
  • Respect the needs and comfort of other passengers.
  • Behave safely at all times (e.g. avoid running or riding bikes, scooters or skates on stations and trains, keep off the train lines, keep arms, legs and other body parts inside the train, refrain from touching train doors, safety equipment or any part of a moving train).
  • Use non-offensive language and behave appropriately at all times on rail property (e.g. avoid swearing, spitting, fighting, throwing items, keep feet off seats).
  • Protect rail property and report graffiti and vandalism.
  • Keep yourself and anything you are carrying clear of aisles, steps, thoroughfares and behind the yellow line on platforms.
  • Take your rubbish with you and dispose of it thoughtfully.
  • Follow the instructions of station staff, drivers, guards and transit officers.
  • Carry your School Opal card during all school-related travel.
  • Spread out along the platform so as not to overcrowd one carriage. Avoid boarding carriages that are already overcrowded.
  • Allow other passengers to alight before boarding and then board the train without delay.
  • Move inside the carriage and stand away from the doors during travel.
  • Adhere to the Rail Safety Act 2008 that bans all commuters from carrying knives, spray cans and permanent marker pens.
  • Adhere to the law that bans smoking and drinking alcohol at stations or on trains.

Your pass may be confiscated and a fine may also apply if you don't follow the rules.

Vandalism is a serious criminal offence. Students caught tagging, etching or vandalising stations or trains will be arrested and may face criminal charges.