Public transport

Parents and carers are responsible for how students travel to and from school. Schools take over responsibility and duty of care for the student once they enter the school premises.
Always wait until the bus has gone and find a safe place to cross

Bus travel advice for parents and carers

Children are most at risk just after getting off the bus.

To reduce this risk:

  • meet your child at the bus stop, never on the opposite side of the road.
  • hold your child's hand at the bus stop
  • stand a few steps back from the edge of the road when waiting at the bus stop
  • wait until the bus has gone, then choose a safe place to cross the road.

Help your children to find a safe place to cross such as:

  • at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights, if available
  • a clear section of road where they are visible to all traffic.

If you can't be with your child, organise for a trusted adult to meet them at the bus stop.

Remind your child to always:

STOP! One step back from the kerb

LOOK! Both ways for traffic

LISTEN! For the sounds of approaching traffic

THINK! Whether it is safe to cross.

Download information sheet for parents and carers - safe bus travel. Translations available in 36 languages

More information is available for using public transport advice for independent travellers

Refer to the department's parent and carer information about safe travel - Travelling safely to and from school by bus

Student and parent obligations for safe travel using public transport

When travelling to and from school on public transport students need to adhere to the Transport for NSW Guidelines for Managing School Student Behaviour on Buses and the code of conduct for travel by bus and rail.

The code covers areas including:

  • safety and behaviour requirements
  • the comfort of other passengers
  • carrying passes
  • protection of property
  • consequences of misbehaviour.

School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

Transport for NSW manages the School Student Transport Scheme to provide eligible schools students with free or subsidised travel on public transport to and from school.

Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP)

Students with a disability who are unable to travel to and from school under the School Student Transport Scheme may be eligible for assistance under the Department of Education's Assisted School Travel Program

Parents can assess their child's eligibility and schools can support students in safe travel to and from school.

School Drive Subsidy

Students may be eligible for a subsidy through Transport for NSW's School Drive Subsidy Program, if you live in an area where there is no public transport.

School-owned buses

Some schools own or manage a bus to transport children to and from school or school events. If so, the principal must ensure the bus:

All school-owned buses must comply with and be fitted with:

  • 40km/h static signage at the rear of the bus
  • flashing (wig-wag) lights as a warning system at the front and rear of the bus including flashing headlights.

Using public transport for school excursions

Department of Education's Duty of care and behaviour management - Questions about child restraints in motor vehicles - child restraints, booster seats and seat belts(Staff only)

Transport for NSW provides information for group travel and school excursions

Please refer to information about Excursions.

Informal school bus stops

Informal school bus stops are not sign posted or developed formal bus stops. Transport for NSW, in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services, BusNSW and other bus stakeholders, has developed road safety advice for locating informal school bus stops. This advice has been prepared for anyone involved in selecting or reviewing locations for informal bus stops.

Useful links

Transport for NSW's YouTube videos:

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