How do I apply?

To apply for assisted school travel, parents must complete Part A of the Application for Assisted School Travel (PDF 504.74KB) and submit it to the school.

Part B of the form will be completed by the school. Supporting documents such as medical certificates, car mechanic reports or TAFE and university timetables may be required.

The diagram below illustrates the student application journey:Student application journey

Who approves applications and organises assisted school travel?

The school lodges your application for assessment and processing by ASTP. Where possible, ASTP will do this within seven (7) working days and you will be advised in writing of the outcome.

If travel is approved, ASTP will organise the transport arrangements for your child. Before transport commences the contractor/driver will contact you regarding pick up and drop off times to and from your child's school.

Once transport is approved, drivers cannot transport students to alternate addresses without prior approval from the ASTP.

Transport requests for National Disability Insurance Scheme funded services before or after school – such as respite, therapy, or community access – should be discussed first with the student's National Disability Insurance Agency planner.

What can I do if my application is not approved?

Contact the school in the first instance to discuss the reasons why your application was not approved.

Schools and parents can then seek advice from ASTP. Parents may lodge an appeal to the ASTP using the Appeals Panel Request form (PDF 89.1KB).

The completed form must be scanned and emailed with any supporting documentation to appeals.astp@det.nsw.edu.au.

Refer to the key dates to find out when the appeal forms are due and the dates of the panel meetings.

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