Who is eligible?
The ASTP supports eligible students who need transport assistance because of the nature of the student's disability and the circumstances of the family.
Families and schools need to assess a student's travel support needs and explore the suitability of all forms of travel to and from school, including the School Student Transport Scheme and the School Drive Subsidy. Both schemes are managed by Transport for NSW. Your child's school will provide information for you on these schemes.
To be eligible for access to assisted school travel services, a student must:
- be a permanent resident of New South Wales; and
- be assessed as having identified disability according to the Department's established Disability Criteria (May 2003) (DOC 37KB); and
- be enrolled in a government or registered non-government school at school entry level (Kindergarten or equivalent) as a minimum; or
- be accessing a special education early intervention program specifically tailored to prepare students with disability for entry into formal education one year before formal school entry into a government or registered non-government school; and
- be enrolled in a special school or support class specifically for students with disability; or
require high level assistance for mobility purposes (for example, use of a wheelchair or other form of mobility aid) if enrolled in a mainstream class; and
- have parents and/or carers who have demonstrated their inability to provide or arrange travel for the student to and from school either fully or in part; and
- be assessed as being unable to travel independently; and
- be enrolled in the closest appropriate government or registered non-government school to their home.
Distance and time
Students also need to meet the following criteria:
- live less than 40 kilometres from the school.
- maximum transport time of 90 minutes one way.
Students from overseas
Students who meet the criteria of Temporary Residents Program may be eligible.
The ASTP Program Guidelines (PDF 1101.34KB) provide information about the services provided. This includes details on the roles and responsibilities of parents, schools, contractors, Assisted Travel Support Officers (ATSOs) and ASTP staff in supporting the program.
Each child that has an application forwarded for assessment needs to have supporting documentation, including the Disability Confirmation sheet.
In addition, if a student is applying for transport and requires support for behaviour and/or medical related issues the school will also need to provide a Behaviour Support Plan and/or Health Care Plan.
Upon reviewing your application for assisted school travel, ASTP will contact you to verify details or request additional supporting documentation.
Your application will not be progressed until we have been able to contact you. Please be aware that ASTP's phone number will appear as a private number.
How do I show I meet the criteria?
If you are unable to transport your child to school due to work commitments or further education you will need to provide details for your place of employment including days and hours of work.
If you are attending further education at TAFE or university you will need to provide a copy of your timetable with your child's application.
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from transporting your child to school, you need to provide an ASTP Medical Certificate (PDF 160.92KB).
This must be completed by your family's medical practitioner where you are seeking access to travel assistance for the student due to a medical condition that prevents you from transporting the student to and from school.