School Bus Program
PLEASE NOTE: The School Bus Management System is currently active for the CASTERTON, EMERALD, HAMILTON, MONBULK, PAKENHAM, PYRAMID HILL, STAWELL, TRARALGON and UPWEY networks only. If you require assistance and you are not part of these networks, please contact your school for details.
The School Bus Program is an extensive school bus network that provides free travel to eligible students. Students must be attending government and non-government schools and living in rural and regional Victoria. Students deemed ineligible to travel for free may access a school bus service upon payment of a fare, provided there is space available on the bus. Students are expected to access public transport if it is within 1.6 km of their home or closer than their nearest school bus service.
Bus passes are sent out to travellers via Australia Post. Whilst waiting for your bus pass to arrive, families may login to the School Bus Management System and print a Temporary Bus Pass to access their school bus service. In addition to this, bus drivers have bus rolls with all approved traveller information listed.
Applications to Travel
Renew Application – If a traveller is currently travelling on a school bus and their home address and school has not changed, select ‘Renew Application’. Selecting this option will renew the travellers existing travel conditions.
New Application – A ‘New Application’ must be created for travellers that have either never travelled on a school bus, or changed school or home address. Selecting this option will create a new travel application.
When will I receive my travel offer? Applications for current term travel are processed by the School Bus Management System on a daily basis. Whilst applications for next term or next year travel, will be processed prior to the end of the current school term. Once this process is complete, a travel offer will be sent to applicants via email or post. Once you receive your travel offer notification, please login to your account on the School Bus Management System to manage the offer.
Disclaimer : Private Bus or Public Transport
Some School Bus Program (SBP) services provide a connection with private school bus services and/or public transport school bus services. They are indicated in the School Bus Management System by PRIVATE BUS or PUBLIC TRANSPORT as part of their service names. These services are not part of the SBP, and the information provided cannot be relied upon, as it may not be not accurate. The information advises travellers what service they will use to complete their journey to and from school as part of using SBP services. PTV strongly advises users of these services to contact their school for more information.
Under the SBP, PTV and DET are not responsible for the management of private school bus services and/or public transport school bus services. This includes timetable changes and any issues relating to the provision of the private school bus service and/or public transport school bus service (including, but not limited to service reliability, behaviour management).
The role of emergency management relating to school bus services (i.e. disruptions to school buses due to bushfire, flood, road closures, etc) is lead by the Department of Education and Training.
For information relating to emergency management and school buses, please contact your school in the first instance or alternatively, click the link below which will take you to the Department of Education and Training website's list of school bus closures.
Who can travel on the School Bus Program?
The Department of Education and Training (DET) sets the policy governing eligibility to travel on the School Bus Program. The policy covers students attending both government and non-government schools in regional and rural communities. If you have a query relating to policy, please contact DET to seek further information.
Students at government schools
To be eligible for free school bus transport, the student must attend the nearest government primary or secondary school and must live at least 4.8 kilometres from the school.
Students at non-government schools
For students to be eligible for free travel to and from school by bus, they must attend the nearest non-government school and may be permitted to travel on an existing school bus service, provided there is space available on the bus.
Applying for travel on an existing service
If students wish to use an existing school bus service to and from their school, they should complete an application online which will advise the student whether or not they are eligible to use the service. Please refer to the School Bus Program policy for detailed eligibility and application policy.
Fare Paying Travellers
Fare paying travellers must pay the flat fare of $120 per term in advance of travel to PTV.
Ineligible students and the general public who wish to access a SBP-provided service are required to pay a fare.
Does the student/traveller have specific transport accessibility requirements as a result of a disability or mobility restriction (eg. use of mobility aid, blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing)? If so, they may be eligible for transport assistance. For enquiries regarding eligibility and applications for access to transport, please contact PTV.
Services for children with special needs
DET provides free bus services for children with special needs who attend special and development schools.
Students with a mobility disability who attend other government or non-government schools should make their school aware of their special needs when they submit their application to use a school bus to their school.
Terms & Conditions
Before travel access is granted, each applicant/traveller must agree to the terms and conditions of the School Bus Management System which is in accordance to the School Bus Program Policies and Procedures 2016. Terms & Conditions are available for viewing throughout the School Bus Management System website. To view, please select the Terms & Conditions link.
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