Key dates

Important dates and submission deadlines for the ASTP.

Important

All appeals panel request forms, ATSO safety vest orders, driver and contractor 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 2024 school year, we cannot guarantee applications received after 20 October 2023 will be assessed in time. It is recommended that those parents have an alternative plan [seek to make other arrangements] for their child’s transport for the start of the school year.

  • 21 August 2023 – 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 2024.
  • 25 August 2023 – Last day for schools to submit Year 12 program options and advice of finish dates for school leavers in 2023.
  • 1 September 2023 – 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 2024.

2023 Applications for Assisted School Travel

  • 15 September 2023 is the last day that the ASTP will accept student applications and variations for 2023 (excludes changes to permanent residential addresses and contact details).
  • 17 November 2023 is the last date the ASTP will make changes to permanent residential addresses and contact details for the 2023 school year.

2024 Applications for Assisted School Travel

  • 17 July 2023 is the first day that the ASTP will accept new student applications for 2024.
  • 20 October 2023 is the last day that the ASTP can guarantee that 2024 student applications will be assessed in time and school transport arrangements made for the 2024 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 10 January 2024 17 January 2024
January* 17 January2024 24 January 2024
February* 7 February 2024 14 February 2024
February 14 February 2024 21 February 2024
March 13 March 2024 20 March 2024
April 10 April 2024 17 April 2024
May 15 May 2024 22 May 2024
June 12 June 2024 19 June 2024
July 17 July 2024 24 July 2024
August 14 August 2024 21 August 2024
September 11 September 2024 18 September 2024
October 16 October 2024 23 October 2024
November 13 November 2024 20 November 2024
December 11 December 2024 18 December 2024

* 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, 2024

Day Date Location
Monday 29 January 2024 Bankstown
Tuesday 30 January 2024 Bankstown
Tuesday 6 February 2024 Liverpool
Tuesday 6 February 2024 Rooty Hill
Wednesday 7 February 2024 Liverpool
Wednesday 7 February 2024 Rooty Hill
Tuesday 13 February 2024 Epping
Wednesday 14 February 2024 Epping
Tuesday 20 February 2024 Central Coast North
Tuesday 20 February 2024 Maitland
Wednesday 21 February 2024 Central Coast North
Wednesday 21 February 2024 Maitland
Tuesday 27 February 2024 Sutherland
Tuesday 27 February 2024 Campbelltown
Wednesday 28 February 2024 Sutherland
Wednesday 28 February 2024 Campbelltown
Tuesday 5 March 2024 Albury
Tuesday 5 March 2024 Penrith
Wednesday 6 March 2024 Albury
Wednesday 6 March 2024 Penrith
Tuesday 12 March 2024 Liverpool
Wednesday 13 March 2024 Liverpool
Wednesday 20 March 2024 Rooty Hill
Thursday 21 March 2024 Rooty Hill
Tuesday 9 April 2024 Newcastle
Wednesday 10 April 2024 Newcastle
Tuesday 16 April 2024 Canterbury
Wednesday 17 April 2024 Canterbury

Term 2, 2024

Day Date Location
Tuesday 30 April 2024 South Coast
Tuesday 30 April 2024 Southern Highlands
Wednesday 1 May 2024 South Coast
Wednesday 1 May 2024 Southern Highlands
Tuesday 7 May 2024 Campbelltown
Tuesday 7 May 2024 Liverpool
Wednesday 8 May 2024 Campbelltown
Wednesday 8 May 2024 Liverpool
Tuesday 14 May 2024 Canterbury
Wednesday 15 May 2024 Canterbury
Tuesday 21 May 2024 Griffith
Tuesday 21 May 2024 Parramatta
Wednesday 22 May 2024 Griffith
Wednesday 22 May 2024 Parramatta
Tuesday 28 May 2024 Penrith
Wednesday 29 May 2024 Penrith
Tuesday 4 June 2024 Rooty Hill
Wednesday 5 June 2024 Rooty Hill
Wednesday 12 June 2024 Epping
Thursday 13 June 2024 Epping
Tuesday 18 June 2024 Illawarra
Tuesday 18 June 2024 Tweed Heads
Wednesday 19 June 2024 Illawarra
Wednesday 19 June 2024 Tweed Heads
Tuesday 25 June 2024 Coffs Harbour
Tuesday 25 June 2024 Port Macquarie
Wednesday 26 June 2024 Coffs Harbour
Wednesday 26 June 2024 Port Macquarie

Contractor and ATSO pay ending

Month Contractor pay ending ATSO pay ending
January - 11 January 2024
25 January 2024
February 29 February 2024 8 February 2024
22 February 2024
March 28 March 2024 7 March 2024
21 March 2024
April 30 April 2024 4 April 2024
18 April 2024
May 31 May 2024 2 May 2024
16 May 2024
30 May 2024
June 28 June 2024 13 June 2024
27 June 2024
July 31 July 2024 11 July 2024
25 July 2024
August 30 August 2024 8 August 2024
22 August 2024
September 27 September 2024 5 September 2024
19 September 2024
October 31 October 2024 3 October 2024
17 October 2024
31 October 2024
November 29 November 2024 14 November 2024
28 November 2024
December 19 December 2024 12 December 2024
26 December 2024

Driver applications and ATSO safety vest orders

Last day to submit driver applications (PDF 799KB) and safety vest orders (PDF 147KB):

  • 5 April 2024
  • 28 June 2024
  • 20 September 2024
  • 13 December 2024

Contractor applications

Last day to submit a new/amended ASTP Scheme contractor application:

  • 15 January 2024
  • 18 March 2024
  • 20 May 2024
  • 15 July 2024
  • 16 September 2024
  • 18 November 2024

Please note the above dates also apply for novation’s, requests for increased transport area and requests for increased run capacity.

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 30 January 2024 12 April 2024
Term 1 - Western division 6 February 2023 12 April 2024
School holidays 15 April 2024 26 April 2024
Term 2 29 April 2024 5 July 2024
School holidays 8 July 2024 19 July 2024
Term 3 22 July 2024 27 September 2024
School holidays 30 September 2024 11 October 2024
Term 4* 14 October 2024 20 December 2024
School holidays - Eastern division 23 December 2024 30 January 2025
School holidays - Western division 23 December 2024 6 February 2025

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

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