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Application For Transport Assistance

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Information Print

If you are applying for Transport Assistance for an Education Support child and a Mainstream child you are required to complete two separate application forms.

Please note that you cannot save a partially completed form. The form must be completed in one session.
Before you access the form we recommend you have the following information available.
  • Your contact details including DOB, phone, fax and or email address.
  • Your child’s details
  • The number of days per week your child will be travelling to school.
  • Name of the school your child will be attending.
  • The shortest practical distance in kilometres from your home address to your child’s school.
  • The shortest practical distance in kilometres from your home address to your child’s closest existing bus stop.
  • Details regarding any medical conditions, allergies, or disabilities that affect your child
  • If applicable details of your child’s wheelchair such as make, model and weight.
  • Alternative Contacts: The name, address and contact details of at least two people/families that are are able to take care of your child on the rare occasions thay you may not be at home when the bus drops off your child. Where possible the emergency drop off addresses should be in close proximity to your home address, and with someone that is likely to be at home in the afternoon, after school has ended

Terms & Conditions Print

Travel by School Bus
Conditions
  • The student must obey the Code of Conduct for travel on school buses and the directions of the driver.
  • Parents/carers must ensure that their child is delivered to the pick-up point on time and they must make appropriate arrangements for their child to be collected from the drop-off point in the afternoon.
  • Parents/carers must notify the driver of any changes to their child’s usual school or travel schedules or their pick-up/drop-off arrangements.
  • The student must use the bus service regularly.If a student does not use the service regularly then their entitlement will be handled as if they were a complimentary passenger.
  • There are special conditions for kindergarten students, students with medical conditions and complimentary passengers.
Transport assistance may be suspended or withdrawn if:
  • A student or parent/carer does not comply with the conditions of transport assistance.
  • The student does not obey the code of conduct for travel on school buses and/or behaves unacceptably.
  • Circumstances exist which make it unsafe or impractical for the student to travel on the bus.
  • The student is persistently disruptive to other passengers or to the bus driver or aide;
  • The student behaves in a way that endangers the safety of other passengers or causes malicious damage;
  • The parent/carer regularly fails to deliver the student to, or collect the student from, the transport provided;
  • The student requires any medical treatment during transportation;
  • The parent/carer fails to advise the bus driver or aide when the student is not travelling;
  • The student fails to travel on a regular basis (i.e. 3 full days – except pre-compulsory students).
Only applicable to Education Support Bus Services and Mainstream Students with Medical Conditions
  • A completed Student Details form is not provided to the bus driver or aide;
  • The parent/carer fails to provide the bus driver with an alternative emergency drop-off address;
Only applicable to Complimentary Students
  • The bus is full and a seat is required by an eligible student who is entitled to travel on the bus.
Special considerations Mainstream Kindergarten Students
  • Prior to allowing your child to travel by bus, you must be satisfied that he/she is capable of travelling by bus and complying with the ‘Conditions of Travel’.
  • The student must be capable of travelling as a bus passenger without assistance, including being able to get on and off the bus, get from the bus drop-off location to their classroom and, if required, change buses.
  • The student must be fully toilet-trained.
  • A responsible adult or older sibling must accompany the student to the bus stop from which the student commences the journey to school and remain with the student until the student boards the bus.
  • A responsible adult or older sibling must be at the bus stop at which the student ends the journey from school to meet and collect the student.
  • You may consider it more appropriate to drive your child to and from school – in which case you should apply for a conveyance allowance to help meet the cost of transporting your child.
Route Modifications and Spurs
Only applicable to Mainstream Bus Services
  • School bus services are not normally modified if it would mean the travelling time for any passenger would be greater than 90 minutes.
  • A student may be entitled to a spur* or to have the bus route modified if the distance from the home gate of their residence to the existing bus route is more than 2.5km. (* A spur is a deviation from the main bus route, where the bus travels up and down the same length of road)
  • A spur may extend to a maximum of:
  • 5km (one way) for 1 student; or
  • 7.5km (one way) for 2 or more students.
  • Spurs are not permitted to run off existing spurs.
  • Complimentary passengers are not entitled to a spur or route modification.
  • An eligible student who is not entitled to a spur must meet the bus at an approved pick-up/drop-off location or apply for a new pick-up/drop-off location on the existing bus route.
  • Spurs must be used regularly or they will be removed.

Conveyance Allowance
Conditions
  • Parents/carers must provide complete and accurate information on their Transport Application form and Conveyance Allowance Claim forms.
  • Distances provided by parents/carers must be accurate to within 100 metres (i.e. 0.1 km) and must be measured along the shortest practical road route.
  • If an appropriate bus service is available, a conveyance allowance will only be paid for travel to the nearest bus pick-up/drop-off location.
  • Parents/carers must submit a new Application form if the student’s circumstances change (e.g. if they change their residence, school, frequency of attendance at school, distance travelled).
Only applicable to Mainstream Students
  • To be entitled to a conveyance allowance, the student must reside more than 4.5km from their nearest appropriate school and more than 2.5km from the nearest appropriate bus route, as measured from the home gate of the student’s residence.



 
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