Key dates

Important dates and submission deadlines for the ASTP.

Important

All appeals panel request forms, ATSO safety vest orders, driver and Eligible Service Provider applications must be submitted by 5pm AEST as per the dates below.

Rollover

While the ASTP will endeavour to make transport arrangements for the start of the 2023 school year, we cannot guarantee applications received after 21 October 2022 will be assessed in time. It is recommended that those parents seek to make other arrangements for their child’s transport for the start of the school year.

  • 22 August 2022 – First day that schools will have access to ASTP Online to verify current student transport needs and confirm whether they will require transport to your school from Term 1 2023.
  • 26 August 2022 – Last day for schools to submit Year 12 program options and advice of finish dates for school leavers in 2022.
  • 2 September 2022 – Last day that schools will have access to ASTP Online to verify current student transport needs and confirm whether they will require transport to your school from Term 1 2023.

2022 Applications for Assisted School Travel

  • 16 September 2022 is the last day that the ASTP will accept student applications and variations for 2022 (excludes changes to permanent residential addresses and contact details).
  • 18 November 2022 is the last date the ASTP will make changes to permanent residential addresses and contact details for the 2022 school year.

2023 Applications for Assisted School Travel

  • 20 July 2022 is the first date that the ASTP will accept new student applications for 2023.
  • 21 October 2022 is the last day that the ASTP can guarantee that 2023 student applications will be assessed in time and school transport arrangements made for the 2023 school year.

Appeals

If your child's application is unsuccessful or their variation is declined you may submit an appeal. Appeal requests must be submitted to the ASTP by close of business (5pm AEST) on the below appeals form due date.

Month Appeals form due Date of panel meeting
January 11 January 2023 18 January 2023
January 18 January2023 25 January 2023
February* 1 February 2023 8 February 2023
February* 15 February 2023 22 February 2023
March* 15 March 2023 22 March 2023
April 5 April 2023 12 April 2023
April 19 April 2023 26 April 2023
May 17 May 2023 24 May 2023
June 14 June 2023 21 June 2023
July 12 July 2023 19 July 2023
August 9 August 2023 16 August 2023
August 16 August 2023 23 August 2023
September 13 September 2023 20 September 2023
October 11 October 2023 18 October 2023
November 8 November 2023 15 November 2023
December* 6 December 2023 13 December 2023

* Indicates that meeting date varies from 3rd Wednesday to 2nd or 4th Wednesday in the month to allow for sufficient space between panels, lead up time around public holidays and/or to avoid school holidays.

indicates panel meeting in school holidays

ATSO training schedule

If you are an Assisted Travel Support Officer (ATSO) please check your Departmental email address (i.e. @det.nsw.edu.au) regularly for training invitations and important notices about mandatory training requirements.

Please note that ATSO training is by invite only and is limited to a number of participants per session on a planned schedule. Individual arrangements may be considered for ATSOs in regional/remote areas.

The following dates and locations are tentative and subject to change depending on venue and trainer availability.

Learn more about ATSO training.

Term 1, 2023

Day Date Location
Tuesday 7 February 2023 Canterbury
Wednesday 8 February 2023 Canterbury
Tuesday 14 February 2023 Epping
Wednesday 15 February 2023 Epping
Tuesday 21 February 2023 Central Coast North
Wednesday 22 February 2023 Central Coast North
Tuesday 28 February 2023 Maitland
Tuesday 28 February 2023 Sutherland
Wednesday 1 March 2023 Maitland
Wednesday 1 March 2023 Sutherland
Tuesday 7 March 2023 Campbelltown
Tuesday 7 March 2023 Penrith
Wednesday 8 March 2023 Campbelltown
Wednesday 8 March 2023 Penrith
Wednesday 15 March 2023 Liverpool
Thursday 16 March 2023 Liverpool
Tuesday 21 March 2023 Rooty Hill
Wednesday 22 March 2023 Rooty Hill
Tuesday 28 March 2023 Newcastle
Wednesday 29 March 2023 Newcastle
Tuesday 4 April 2023 Canterbury
Wednesday 5 April 2023 Canterbury
Tuesday 18 April 2023 Griffith
Tuesday 18 April 2023 South Coast
Wednesday 19 April 2023 Young
Wednesday 19 April 2023 Southern Highlands
Thursday 20 April 2023 Albury

Term 2, 2023

Day Date Location
Tuesday 2 May 2023 Campbelltown
Tuesday 2 May 2023 Liverpool
Wednesday 3 May 2023 Campbelltown
Wednesday 3 May 2023 Liverpool
Tuesday 9 May 2023 Canterbury
Wednesday 10 May 2023 Canterbury
Tuesday 16 May 2023 Parramatta
Wednesday 17 May 2023 Parramatta
Tuesday 6 June 2023 Rooty Hill
Wednesday 7 June 2023 Rooty Hill
Wednesday 14 June 2023 Epping
Thursday 15 June 2023 Epping
Tuesday 20 June 2023 Illawarra
Wednesday 21 June 2023 Illawarra
Tuesday 4 July 2023 Port Macquarie
Tuesday 4 July 2023 Bathurst
Wednesday 5 July 2023 Coffs Harbour
Wednesday 5 July 2023 Orange
Thursday 6 July 2023 Dubbo

Contractor and ATSO pay ending

Month Contractor pay ending ATSO pay ending
January 31 January 2023 12 January 2023
26 January 2023
February 28 February 2023 9 February 2023
23 February 2023
March 31 March 2023 9 March 2023
23 March 2023
April 28 April 2023 6 April 2023
20 April 2023
May 31 May 2023 4 May 2023
18 May 2023
June 30 June 2023 1 June 2023
15 June 2023
29 June 2023
July 31 July 2023 13 July 2023
27 July 2023
August 31 August 2023 10 August 2023
24 August 2023
September 22 September 2023 7 September 2023
21 September 2023
October 31 October 2023 5 October 2023
19 October 2023
November 30 November 2023 2 November 2023
16 November 2023
30 November 2023
December 15 December 2023 14 December 2023
28 December 2023

Driver applications and ATSO safety vest orders

Last day to submit driver applications (PDF 258.45KB) and safety vest orders (PDF 206.32KB):

  • 7 April 2023
  • 7 July 2023
  • 1 September 2023
  • 1 December 2023

Eligible Service Provider application

Last day to submit an Expression of interest and change request form for Eligible Service Providers (PDF 416KB):

  • 13 March 2023
  • 11 September 2023

Please note the above dates also apply for novations, subcontracting, requests for increased transport area and requests for increased run capacity.

ASTP staff development days

Staff development days are used to improve the skills of ASTP staff and leaders through a targeted professional learning program.

  • 19 April 2023
  • 4 October 2023

NSW public school holidays and term dates

Please note: School development days occur at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3 and the last two days of the school year. Check with your school, as schools may vary some of these dates.

School speed zones apply on all school days, including school development days.

School holidays / term Start Finish
Term 1 - Eastern division 27 January 2023 6 April 2023
Term 1 - Western division 3 February 2023 6 April 2023
School holidays 10 April 2023 21 April 2023
Term 2 24 April 2023 30 June 2023
School holidays 3 July 2023 14 July 2023
Term 3 17 July 2023 22 September 2023
School holidays 25 September 2023 6 October 2023
Term 4* 9 October 2023 19 December 2023
School holidays - Eastern division 20 December 2023 29 January 2024
School holidays - Western division 20 December 2023 5 February 2024

Visit our calendar page for a complete list of term and vacation dates, test and exam dates and more.

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