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Appropriate School
 
In the case of Government schools, one that provides an appropriate year of study for the student concerned.
In the case of non-Government schools, one that provides the appropriate year of study for the student concerned and is of a religious denomination or ethos appropriate to that student.
Approved Route
A route approved by SBS along which a contract school bus travels to pick-up and drop-off approved students.
Approved Students
Students who have been approved as eligible for and entitled to transport assistance – the term is usually used in reference to students approved for transport on contract school buses or education support vehicles.
Complimentary Student
A student who is not eligible for transport assistance but who has been granted conditional approval to use a vacant seat or space on an contract school bus or who would be eligible for transport assistance but is travelling to a school which is not their nearest appropriate school.
Contract Service
A service to transport Eligible Students using buses that are either contracted or PTA owned and administered by SBS.
Conveyance Allowance
An amount paid to parents/carers as a  contribution towards the costs incurred by parents/carers who transport their children to school by private vehicle.
Conveyance Allowance is not designed to reimburse a family for the full cost of owning and operating their vehicle.
DoE
The Department of Education (WA).
Early Intervention Program This program is provided by DoE to help identify students who may need additional support prior to commencing primary school. Students who attend these programs may be aged between 0 and 3 years of age. 
Education Support Facilities
‘Education Support Facilities’ is the collective term for education support schools, centres and units.
‘Education Support Schools’ are primarily focused on students with intellectual disabilities and generally cater for students with the greatest level of disability and support requirements.
‘Education Support Centres’ are usually located on the same campus as a mainstream school but usually operate independently and under separate administration. Students attending these centres may be integrated into the mainstream school for some programs.
‘Education Support Units’ are usually located within a mainstream school and are under the control of the Principal of that school. Education support units generally cater for students with lower levels of support requirements and who are capable of integrating with mainstream students for some parts of their educational program.
Note: Education Support Students attending inclusive mainstream schooling are not specifically entitled to transport assistance, however, where the student has high needs/high dependency their eligibility to Transport Assistance will be considered on a case by case basis. 
Education Support Student
A student enrolled at an Education Support Facility.
Education Support Vehicle
A vehicle approved by SBS for use under contract to transport eligible students to Education Support Facilities.
Eligible Student
A student who meets the eligibility criteria for Transport Assistance.
Language Development Centre These centres are Government or non Government education facilities for younger children with language disorders or difficulties and those students with average cognitive ability. 
Minister
The Minister to whom the administration of the Public Transport Authority Act 2003 (WA) has been committed by the Governor of the State of Western Australia.
Nearest Appropriate School
The student's nearest appropriate school is the appropriate school closest to a student’s normal place of residence as measured by the shortest practical road route.
Where relevant, the measurement of distance from a student’s residence is taken from the gate or point of entrance/exit on the property on which the residence stands that is nearest to the school or bus route.
Non Public Transport Areas
Those areas of the State of Western Australia not classified by the PTA as Public Transport Areas – essentially: regional and remote areas.
'Orange School Bus'
A bus approved by SBS that is either contracted or PTA owned which is used to transport eligible students to school.
Physical mobility disability
 
A permanent physical impairment of the lower limbs which restricts a person’s mobility to the extent that they are unable to move independently from one place to another without some form of physical assistance or the use of equipment (eg a wheelchair).
A student will only be considered to have a physical mobility disability for the purpose of assessing their eligibility if their disability is likely to persist for more than six months.
PTA
The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia.
Public Transport Areas
The areas surrounding major metropolitan centres (such as those around metropolitan Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton and Perth) in which the Government has established, operates, controls and subsidises a developed public transport system.
Regular Travel
To be eligible for transport assistance, a student must intend to travel to and from their school or education support facility every day on which the school requires student attendance, and actually attend on at least 60% of those days (minimum six trips per week).
When the Education Support Student is transported on a mainstream bus, what constitutes acceptable regular travel  for a student attending an Education Support Facility within the mainstream school may vary according to the circumstances of the student.
Residence
 
A student's permanent residence or home whilst they are attending school full-time.

Note:Where a student has separate (dual) residence due to custodial arrangements eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis.
Rural Student
A student who lives outside the designated Public Transport Areas i.e. regional and remote Western Australia.
SBAC
School Bus Advisory Committee.
SBACs act in an advisory role to SBS, and provides recommendations relating to the delivery of Transport Assistance to rural students.
SBACs provide advice and recommendations relating to student transport assistances to their school(s), specifically concerning route alterations, spurs, route extensions.
SBS
The School Bus Services branch of the PTA.
School
An educational facility as defined and approved by DoE.
School of Ethos A school is considered a 'school of ethos' where the school culture is made up of unique characteristics and beliefs of a school community and is demonstrated through academic and education outcomes and where societal attitudes and responsibilities are medelled and taught at the school e.g. Montessori and Steiner schools.
Spur
 
A section of an approved route that branches from a main route and along which a contract school bus travels and returns in order to pick up and drop off students.
Student
 
A child or young person enrolled in an educational program at a school in a pre-compulsory, compulsory or post-compulsory education period as defined in the School Education Act 1999 (WA).
Terminus
On the approved morning route of a contract service, the first pick-up point for an eligible student; on the approved afternoon route of a contract service, the last drop-off point for an eligible student.
CO
Contract Officer.
Transport Assistance
There are two types of Transport Assistance for students, managed by SBS: network of contracted 'Orange' School Bus services; and/or payment of a Conveyance Allowance that contributes towards the costs incurred by parents/carers who transport their children to school by private vehicle.

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