Transport run allocation

The ASTP allocates school runs based on student needs. A provider is nominated from the Eligible Service Providers list based on the contractor's approved transport area and vehicle category.

Other factors that may be considered include:

  • vehicle type
  • driver experience
  • need for an Assisted Travel Support Officer (ATSO)
  • information from schools
  • student's specific transport requirements, based on behavioural or medical needs.

The run is then offered to a contractor and paid based on the number of loaded kilometres (when students are present in the vehicle), taking into account the required vehicle pay category and whether an ATSO is listed on the run card.

Progressive run review during the school year

During each school term student numbers may change as students join or leave the ASTP. To ensure runs are maintained effectively and efficiently, the ASTP will review runs accordingly.

In the event of any changes, notice will be given to providers if runs are to be modified.

In the event of an immediate termination by the ASTP, which is not for a performance of service, the notice of change will be provided immediately and the provider will receive 20 days' payment in compensation.

Where the contractor has received 20 or more business days' notice, no compensation will be made.

End-of-school year review

As part of an annual rollover of students, the ASTP starts to plan run allocations in Term 4 of each school year.

During this process, current runs are reviewed and student needs are assessed for the next school year.

Unless otherwise stated, all transport runs end on the last day of the school year. This means that one of the following will happen:

  • the run ends and no longer exists
  • the run changes due to student needs and it may consolidated and allocated to another contractor
  • the run remains the same.

The ASTP makes every effort to keep runs consistent from one year to the next whenever possible.

Find out what happens when there is a variation to a run.

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