Students who are not eligible for Transport Assistance may be allowed to travel as a complimentary passenger on 'orange' school buses, subject to the following conditions:
- Approved by SBS.
- The student’s parent/carer must complete an application for Transport Assistance.
- There must be a seat available on the school bus the student wishes to travel on (i.e. no eligible student who is entitled to travel on the bus) will be denied travel because of the presence of a complimentary passenger.
- If the bus reaches its maximum seating capacity and a seat is required by an eligible student
- Complimentary passengers will be handled on a 'last approved, first off' basis.
- The pick-up and drop-off points for the student must be located on an approved route and where possible use existing bus stops. and
- The presence of the student should not result in extra cost to the SBS (i.e. approved routes will not be altered to cater for or accommodate complimentary passengers).
Mainstream student example
SBS may give permission for a student to travel as a complimentary passenger if they live in a rural area (i.e. outside the designated Public Transport Areas) but:
- Attends their nearest appropriate school but resides within 4.5km of that school.
- Attends their nearest appropriate school on an irregular basis.
- Attends a school other than their nearest appropriate school.
Education support student example
SBS may give permission for a student to travel as a complimentary passenger on an education support service if they are:
- The sibling of an education support student and attends the same facility, or
- Attending a facility other than their nearest appropriate school.
Permission to travel may be suspended or withdrawn if:
- The student does not comply with the of 'Code of Conduct, or
- If the bus reaches its maximum seating capacity and a seat is required by an eligible student.
SBS will notify the parent/carer and anyone else affected by the withdrawal of permission to travel as soon as possible.