School Transport Assistance Scheme

school transport assistance scheme victoria|school transport assistance scheme nsw|school transport assistance scheme wa|nsw transport assistance scheme|transport assistance scheme:For the academic year 2022-2023, the maximum annual charge for a family with more than one child using the school transport scheme has been reduced. For a family with children in primary school the maximum charge is €150 (reduced from €220). For a family who also has children in post-primary school, the maximum charge is €500 (reduced from €650).

School Transport Assistance Scheme

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that schools support eligible families to receive financial assistance with the cost of transporting students to and from school where the student:

  • lives in rural and regional Victoria and attends their nearest appropriate school/campus or
  • attends an eligible specialist school.

This policy applies to both government and non-government schools.

The School Drive Subsidy is available in areas where there is limited or no public transport. The subsidy is intended to partly offset the cost of using a private vehicle to drive the eligible student all or part of the way to school.

The conveyance allowance is a contribution towards transport costs and is not intended to cover the full cost of transporting children to and from school.

school transport assistance scheme Summary

The conveyance allowance may be available to students attending government or non-government schools and:

  • travelling by public transport or by private car, motorbike, bicycle or bus, and
  • whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus provided under the School Bus Program

Schools are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the conveyance allowance.

Schools are responsible for communicating to parents/carers the travel options that are available for students in the area.

Schools administer applications for the conveyance allowance and must:

  • provide to families information about eligibility and allowance rates
  • provide to families relevant application forms (refer to Resources tab)
  • take steps to ensure, as far as is practicable, that all applications from families for the conveyance allowance are received by the school in the year prior to the year in which the families are seeking to have the conveyance allowance paid
  • submit claims received from families to the department through the online Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS)
  • where applications for the conveyance allowance are approved through Student Conveyance Allowance System, disburse monies received to parents/carers (unless otherwise arranged in agreement with a student’s parents/carers)

General eligibility criteria

All types of STAS assistance require that a student:

  • have parents/guardians who reside in Queensland
  • attend an approved school
  • are 18 or younger
  • require transport assistance to and from one home address only
  • make 2 or more trips per week by the same mode of transport.

Eligibility

Schools must submit applications for the conveyance allowance through SCAS. 

Prior to submitting the applications, schools must check all information in the application is accurate. SCAS will then assess, based on the information in the application, whether the student satisfies the eligibility criteria established by the Minister for Education and Training. Further detail about the eligibility criteria is set out under the Guidance tab.

Instrument of Specification: Transport Services and Travelling Allowances

Criteria for determining whether a school is appropriate for a student have been specified by the Minister under section 104(1) of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) – Instrument of Specification: Transport Services and Travelling Allowances. Further information about eligibility criteria is set out in the Guidance tab.

Eligibility for students attending a non-government school

The eligibility criteria include the requirement that a student attending a non-government school is attending the nearest appropriate school (that is 4.8km or more from the student’s residence).

However, a student attending a non-government school that is not the student’s nearest school may apply to the CAU for a determination that the nearest religious non-government school, which has compulsory religious instruction, is not considered ‘appropriate’ for that student where that student does not belong to or associate with the school’s particular religion or engage in religious activities associated with that school’s religious doctrines. Please see the Guidance tab for information on how to request a CAU review of this criteria.

Closing dates for 2022

Claim periodClaim submission closing dateEstimated pay run date
*Term 4 2021*26 November 2021*10 December 2021
Term 118 March 20221 April 2022
Term 23 June 202217 June 2022
Term 326 August 20229 September 2022
Term 4​​25 November 20229 December 2022

School Transport assistance Scheme payment dates 2022 more information to visit offical website

What is the assisted school travel program?

assistance for eligible students with disability to travel to and from school. The Program provides travel support services primarily between a student’s permanent place of residence and school.

How much is the NSW school drive subsidy?

The School Drive Subsidy for semester 2, 2020 and semester 1, 2021 is $0.70 per kilometre for travel by car, or $0.35 per kilometre for travel by motorcycle or boat. This rate is adjusted every year.

What is the school drive subsidy?

The School Drive Subsidy is available in areas where there is limited or no public transport. The subsidy is intended to partly offset the cost of using a private vehicle to drive the eligible student all or part of the way to school.

How much is school transport assistance scheme Qld?

The ‘conveyance allowance’ is a government payment for taking children to school or transport. The payments range from $11.50 to $547 per week, paid on a six-monthly basis.

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