Free School Travel
It is a scheme run by Transport for NSW in conjunction with schools and transport companies to enable eligible students to travel to and from school at no cost to the parents or guardians.
What is the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)?
The table below summarises the eligibility criteria for free travel under SSTS.
Eligibility Criteria - School Students
The eligibility criteria are applied in sequence. That is, the year that the student is in is examined first.
|K - Year 2
|Years 3 - 6
||1.6 km Radius
||2.3 km Walking
||Health or Safety
|Years 7 - 12
||2 km Radius
||2.9 km Walking
||Health or Safety
•If the student is in Kindergarten to Year 2 they are eligible regardless of any other factors.
•If the student is in a year greater than Year 2 the Radial Distance is then examined.
•If the Radial Distance exceeds that shown in the table, then the student is eligible.
•If the Radial Distance is less than that shown in the table, the Walking Distance is then examined.
•If the Walking Distance exceeds that shown in the table, then the student is eligible.
•Health or Safety criteria only need to be examined when the age or distance criteria are not satisfied.
•If free travel is denied on the above criteria there is also an appeals process. There are also special rules governing students who are temporarily resident in Australia (28 kb PDF).
Click Here to see a more detailed explanation of the School Student Transport Scheme from the Transport NSW
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To be eligible a TAFE student must be under 18 years of age on 1 January of the year of application, and
•enrolled in a full-time TAFE course for a minimum of 20 hours per week.
•living more than 3.2 kms from the college by the most direct practical walking route and
•attending the college closest to their home where enrolment is available.
Do not be overly concerned about whether you qualify on the distance criteria since the Company has sophisticated software to check this.
The best thing to do is complete the Application Form and if after we have checked, you don't qualify on the distance criteria, we will contact you to explain the other alternatives.
•An application form must be completed.
•These may be obtained from the school or by contacting us.
•Return the completed form to the school.
•When the form is signed by the school, the pass will be printed and posted to your home address.
Do I need to reapply each year?
A new application is only required if there is a change of
A new application is also required at the start of year 3.
•home address, or
•name of the student
Passes will be posted to your home address prior to the start of the new school year.
Replacement passes may be obtained at a cost of $11 by contacting our office.
What do I do if the Pass is Lost?
Click here for a replacement pass form.
If parents have dual custody, the child is eligible for subsidised travel from both addresses subject to the normal eligibility criteria. A copy of the Family Law Court ruling should be forwarded to the nearest Transport for NSW Regional Office for assessment. If the matter has not gone to the Family Law Court, a statutory declaration from each parent that specifies time share arrangements for the child residing at both addresses should be submitted. Applications for subsidised travel for Friday afternoons and Monday mornings only (to cover weekend access visits) are not eligible under the Scheme.
I've separated from my child's mother/father. Can my child get a pass for subsidised travel from both parents' addresses?
The best solution is to buy a Term Pass which provide a minimum discount of 20% from the daily cash fare (and often significantly higher).
For further details visit the Term Passes page
What do I do if my child is not eligible and I still want them to catch the bus?
School Students Behaviour on Buses
Travel by bus for all students is subject to them conforming to the Code of Conduct
This information is also available in a printer friendly version
(42 kb PDF).
If you are interested in the Guidelines for Managing School Student’s Behaviour on Buses
(68 kb PDF), this is also available.
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