Parents and carers are responsible for their child's safety when travelling to and from school. Schools take over responsibility and duty of care for the student once they enter the school premises.
Safe car travel advice for parents and carers
Primary schools can support their parents and carers with advice about:
- Travelling safely to and from school by car
- Benefits of not using a car to travel to and from school
- Download information sheet Drive and safe car travel (PDF 962.37KB) Translations available in 36 languages
Safe use of cars by students, staff and parents
Students who are licensed drivers may drive to and from school. This is the decision of the student, their parents or carers and the owner of the vehicle.
More information can be found in Parking on school grounds.
The Department's Excursions Policy Implementation Procedures (Section 9) specifies a hired bus or coach, public transport or the school's own bus as the preferred methods of transporting students for school activities.
The Department provides answers to questions about child restraints in motor vehicles outlined in Legal Services Duty of care and behaviour management (Staff only).
Transporting students in a parent or carers', or other students' vehicle, should only occur when where there is no other option.
Transport to and from the activity is subject to the conditions outlined in Legal Issues Bulletin No. 8 (staff only) page 4.
Allowing students to use private vehicles to transport themselves and/or other students to and from school activities is a privilege granted by the principal and must be strictly supervised by the school. The principal can revoke this privilege at any time. If the privilege is abused, the principal must withdraw approval immediately.
Permission notes would outline the driver and the passengers involved.
Staff may transport students in a private vehicle if:
- there's an emergency, or
- no other option is available to transport the student(s) to a particular department activity.
Transport to and from the activity is subject to the conditions outlined in Legal Issues Bulletin No. 8 (page 4 - staff only)
Staff transporting students by private vehicle should always adopt relevant common-sense strategies to minimise the risk of child protection issues being raised. These include:
- another adult being present
- other students being present
- having students sit in the rear of the vehicle
- advising the principal of the travel arrangements.