The ASTP supports eligible students who need transport assistance because of the nature of the student's disability and the circumstances of the family.

Eligibility quiz

Take our quiz to find out if your child may be eligible for assisted school travel. No personal information is required and should take less than 1 minute to complete.

General criteria

To be eligible for access to assisted school travel services, a student must:

  1. be a permanent resident of New South Wales; and
  2. be assessed as having identified disability according to the Department's established Disability Criteria (May 2003) (DOC 37KB); and
  3. be enrolled in a government or registered non-government school at school entry level (Kindergarten or equivalent) as a minimum; or
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. be assessed as being unable to travel independently; and
  8. 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.

Program Guidelines

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.


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