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.
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
- comfort of other passengers
- carrying passes
- protection of property
- consequences of misbehaviour.
Schools can support safe travel by public transport by providing consistent bus travel safety advice for students, parents and carers.
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.
Students may be eligible for subsided through School Drive Subsidy, if you live in an area where there is no public transport.
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:
- complies with the Road Transport (Safety and traffic management) Regulation 1999 (Clause 93 and 94)
- is used in accordance with the legislation covering all vehicles licensed to carry 10 or more persons, including the driver.
- adheres to the department's Excursions Policy Implementation Procedures (Section 9).
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
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.