Student Eligibility Criteria for Free Bus Travel
To be eligible for the Scheme the student must be a resident of NSW, at least 4 years and 6 months of age and enrolled as one of the following:
- An infant student (K –2) regardless of the distance between their home and school
- A primary student (Years 3–6) who lives more than 1.6 km (straight line distance) from school, or 2.3 km or more by the most direct practical walking route to the nearest entry point to the school
- A secondary student (Year 7–12) who lives more than 2 km (straight line distance) from school, or 2.9 km or more by the most direct practical walking route to the nearest entry point to the school
- A TAFE student under 18 years of age at 1st January of the year of application who are:
- Enrolled in a full-time TAFE course for a minimum of 20 hours a week
- Not employed
- Living more than 3.2 km from the college by the most direct practical walking route
- Attending the college closest to their home where enrolment is available
- Non-Australian citizens and students temporarily in Australia
Certain non-Australian citizens and students temporarily in Australia are eligible for free or subsidised travel, depending on their visa subclass. Students who are eligible for a free government education are also eligible for subsidised transport if they meet the general eligibility requirements. You will need to quote your visa subclass number when applying for the SSTS, in addition to meeting the standard eligibility criteria.
When completing an application for subsidised travel under the Scheme, parents and guardians acknowledge that students have been made aware of the Codes of Conduct. The codes were developed in conjunction with the bus industry, Sydney Trains, representatives of parent groups and education authorities. They aim to ensure both the safety of students and the comfort of other passengers by outlining the behaviour required of students when travelling to and from school.
Parents and Guardians Responsibilities
Parents and guardians are asked to discuss these simple rules with their children so that they understand the standards of behaviour required of students. Depending on the seriousness of the misbehaviour, students may be penalised if they breach the code. Students may have their travel pass temporarily or permanently suspended and may be required to make alternative travel arrangements. Students misbehaving on trains and railway stations may have their travel pass confiscated for up to one year and be required to pay regular fares for travel to and from school. Page 3 of The School Student Transport Scheme Updated on November 2015 states student conduct when they are travelling between home and school, they must adhere to various regulations regarding passenger behaviour and the Codes of Conduct for travel by bus and/or train.