Interestingly, it appears M[anl]y Fast Ferries will now be subsidised on Opal in direct opposition to the Transdev-operated ferries. https://www.myfastferry.com.au/2022/12/ ... ast-ferry/
https://www.northernbeachesadvocate.com ... gets-opal/
I haven't seen the full details but the article describes "the inclusion of the Opal cap and Opal discount on the fast ferry service" - however it's not clear if the government is paying per service and collecting all revenue as they do with Sydney Ferries and buses etc, or whether it's a hybrid model like used with the Lane Cove and F10 service.
I suspect this deal is only made possible by the fact that they're under NRMA ownership now and probably have a lot more government connections than the previous owner, Bass and Flinders. Bass and Flinders even lost the primary wharf access contract for a while (when Global Traders / "Sydney Fast Ferries" was running those yellow cats, and MFF had to use public wharves).