Terms and Conditions

Conditions of Travel - All Travellers

Travellers are expected to use public transport where a service is available within 1.6 km [measured by shortest practicable route] of their home or closer to their home than the closest school bus service.  This applies to all traveller types applying to access the School Bus Program at no cost or as fare paying passengers.

To ensure the safety of all passengers on school buses, the following conditions apply at all times.

To ensure safe travel on school buses, students/travellers must agree to the following:

  • Not to play on the road at the bus stop or try to get on the bus before it has stopped
  • Make sure you and your belongings are inside the bus at all times
  • Not throw anything from a bus window or have anything hanging out a window
  • Place bags and other belongings in the allocated storage areas
  • Get on and off the bus quietly and in an orderly manner
  • Stay in your seat while the bus is moving
  • Not distract drivers with screaming, shouting or unruly behaviour
  • When you get off the bus only cross the road when the bus has left and it is safe to do so
  • No dangerous or flammable goods are allowed on the bus, for example aerosol cans
  • Travel on the bus service allocated to you, to and from your approved bus stop only.  Do not change to one that will take you to a sports or social event
  • Wear a seat belt where fitted

To ensure students/travellers are considerate to one another and their bus driver, they must agree to:

  • In the morning, arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to departure
  • Not eat, drink or smoke while on the school bus
  • In the morning, let the school and driver know if you will not be travelling home on the bus that day
  • Use a standard conversational tone and not use offensive language or call out to others on board or to passing traffic or people
  • Listen to the bus driver and bus captain.  They are responsible for maintaining school bus safety and also have the authority to report any vandalism or misbehaviour        including but not limited to bullying, teasing, or aggression
  • Leave your bike in a safe and secure place if riding to the bus stop. Public Transport Victoria and the Department of Education and Training are unable to accept responsibility for the safety of your bike

Behaving inappropriately on a school bus places the safety and wellbeing of all on board at risk.

Non-compliance with any of the above conditions may result in the following:

  • The driver will stop the bus
  • The offender’s name and full details of the breach will be recorded
  • The offender will be transported to school or to their normal drop off
  • The breach will be reported to the coordinating principal
  • The coordinating principal will take disciplinary measures in accordance with the guidelines below
  • In rare and exceptional circumstances, and only as a last resort, drivers are authorised to eject passengers from a bus

Following the report of a relevant incident, the coordinating principal may take the disciplinary action below:

  • First offence – verbal warning to student/traveller
  • Second offence – written warning to parent/guardian
  • Third offence – one week suspension of student from school bus travel
  • Fourth offence – the student/traveller will not be allowed to travel on the school bus for the remainder of the year

A serious offence that endangers other students, bus staff or property will result in immediate suspension.

Responsibilities of parents/guardians [if applicant is under 18 years of age]

  • Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting their children to and from authorised bus stops and their safety at the bus stop while waiting for the bus
  • It is most important that parents waiting for bus passengers at a roadside bus stop should wait on the same side of the road as the bus to prevent accidents
  • School bus travel is a privilege and not a right and consequences will follow a breach of these conditions.  It is understood that bus travel is provided and accepted on these conditions

By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, I certify that :

  1. All the above details are true and correct.
  2. I will notify the principal in writing within 7 days of any change of address or school.
  3. I agree to pay the costs of repairs or damage to the bus, or its replacement if totally destroyed, caused by the vandalism or deliberate act of my child(ren).
  4. I consent to release this information to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) to assist with planning for transport services.

I accept the authority of the coordinating principal with regard to student discipline on the school bus service.

I agree to abide by the above Conditions of Travel.

I understand that if I or my child(ren) do not comply with the Conditions of Travel, it may result in my child(ren) not being permitted to travel on the school bus service.

I accept the authority of the coordinating principal with regard to student discipline on the school bus service.

I agree to abide by the above Conditions of Travel.

Conditions of Travel – FARE PAYERS

Supplementary Conditions of Travel

I agree to pay a term fare (determined by PTV) in advance of travel.  The fare is payable for each child per term.

I understand that my child(ren)’s permission to travel on the school bus service is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. My child(ren) may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My child(ren)’s continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. My child(ren) may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.
  5. Curriculum preference does not guarantee my child(ren) continued access to the school bus service.

I acknowledge the decision about whether my child(ren) can travel on the school bus service is at the discretion of the coordinating principal and may be reviewed at any time in accordance with these terms and conditions.

Conditions of Travel – POST SECONDARY

Supplementary Conditions of Travel

Adult passengers may have permission to travel revoked at any time at the discretion of the coordinating principal.  A serious offence that endangers other passengers, bus staff or property will result in immediate suspension.

I understand that my child’s permission to travel on the school bus service is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. My child may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My child’s continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. My child may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.

I acknowledge the decision about whether my child can travel on the school bus service is at the discretion of the coordinating principal, and may be reviewed at any time in accordance with these terms and conditions.

I understand that if I do not comply with the Conditions of Travel, it may result in me not being permitted to travel on the school bus service.

Conditions of Travel – GENERAL PUBLIC

Supplementary Conditions of Travel

I agree to pay a term fare (determined by PTV) in advance of travel.  The fare is payable for each traveller per term.

Following the report of a relevant incident, the coordinating principal may take the disciplinary action below:

Passengers may have permission to travel revoked at any time at the discretion of the coordinating principal.  A serious offence that endangers other passengers, bus staff or property will result in immediate suspension.

I understand that my child’s permission to travel on the school bus service is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. My child may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My child’s continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. My child may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.

I acknowledge the decision about whether my child can travel on the school bus service is at the discretion of the coordinating principal, and may be reviewed at any time in accordance with these terms and conditions.

IF THE PASSENGER IS AGED 18 OR OVER, THE PASSENGER MAY COMPLETE AND SIGN THIS FORM WITHOUT A PARENT/GUARDIAN:

I certify that:

  1. All the above details are true and correct.
  2. I will notify the principal in writing within 7 days of any change of address.
  3. I agree to pay the costs of repairs or damage to the bus, or its replacement if totally destroyed, caused by my own actions.
  4. I consent to release this information to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) to assist with planning for transport services.

I understand that my permission to travel on the school bus service is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. I may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. I may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.

Written Undertaking – exempt students

This form is to be completed and signed by the parent/guardian of students travelling under one of the following exemptions:

  • Students who reside less than 4.8 km from the closest appropriate school
  • Interstate students.

I have applied for permission for my child(ren) to travel on a school bus to their closest appropriate school under one of the exemptions listed above.

I understand that my child’s permission to travel on the school bus service is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. My child may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My child’s continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. My child may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.

I acknowledge the decision about whether my child can travel on the school bus service is at the discretion of the coordinating principal, and may be reviewed at any time in accordance with these terms and conditions.

Written Undertaking – Teachers

I understand that my permission to travel on the school bus service is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. I may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. I may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.
  5. I agree to assist in supervising the students on the bus and help implement the Conditions of Travel.

I acknowledge the decision about whether I can travel on the school bus service is at the discretion of the coordinating principal, and may be reviewed at any time in accordance with these terms and conditions.

Written Undertaking – Pre-School

I understand that my child is expected to comply with the Conditions of Travel– Eligible Student (which must be submitted as part of this application).  I have explained the Conditions of Travel to my child.

I undertake that my child is capable of travelling independently on the school bus service and understands what the Conditions of Travel mean.  I understand there will be no direct adult supervision while my child is travelling on the school bus service.

I understand that if my child does not comply with the Conditions of Travel, it may result in my child not being permitted to travel on the school bus service.

I undertake to ensure my child is at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled arrival of the morning school bus service and I will directly supervise my child until the school bus service arrives and my child has boarded the bus.

I undertake to ensure I will be at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival of the afternoon school bus service and will directly supervise my child once they have alighted from the bus.

I understand that my child’s permission to travel on the school bus service is also subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. My child may only travel where seating is available on the service after all students with prior rights have been accommodated.
  2. I will make alternative arrangements if seating becomes insufficient after students with prior rights to travel are accommodated.
  3. My child’s continued access to the bus service will be subject to review at the end of each term.
  4. My child may not form a case or part of a case for the retention, extension or addition of services, or a route or timetable alteration, or the provision of a larger vehicle.

I acknowledge the decision about whether my child can travel on the school bus service is at the discretion of the coordinating principal of the school bus service, and may be reviewed at any time in accordance with these terms and conditions.

I understand the child is expected to comply with the Conditions of Travel– Eligible Student.  I confirm the child named above is capable of travelling independently on the school bus service and complying with the Conditions of Travel.

I confirm the parent/guardian and I have made arrangements (in writing) for the provision of an adult escort to accompany the child between the pre-school and the designated bus stop on the days of travel.

I am aware the bus driver is not permitted to escort children between the pre-school and the bus stop.