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School bus passes


School student transport scheme (SSTS)

The NSW Government school student transport scheme provides students with free subsidised travel between school and home.

Eligibility scheme
To be eligible for a free school bus pass an applicant must be:

  • An NSW resident
  • be 4 years 6 months of age or older
  • be an infant student; ie attending Kindergarten, Year 1 or Year 2 classes, irrespective of the distance from home to school
  • a primary student (Years 3-6) who lives more than 1.6 km (radial 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 (radial 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 is:
  • 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 and
  • attending the college closest to their home where enrolment is available.

Conditions of free travel:

  • free travel is only available between the student's home and school on school days for the purpose of school attendance
  • passes are not transferable
  • passes must be shown when boarding the bus and when requested during travel
  • travel by bus is subject to the conditions laid down by Transport NSW governing the carriage of passengers on privately operated bus services, including adhering to the Code of Conduct

This report may also be of some assistance: Guidelines for managing school student's behaviour on buses.

Applying for a free school bus pass: 

An application form needs to be filled out by the applying student's parent/guardian and handed in to their school. Application forms are available from your school office. A new application must be completed when a student:

  • enrolls in kindergarten
  • progresses from Year 2 to be an eligible student in Year 3
  • progresses from Year 6 to Year 7
  • changes their name, school and/or address

Replacing lost or stolen passes:

A lost or stolen Busways school bus pass can be replaced at your local Busways depot, by payment of a fee. Students who are temporarily without their free school bus pass should contact their school office for a temporary authorisation letter.

If your child is ineligible for a free school bus pass:

Term passes give students who are not eligible for a Busways School Free Travel pass the opportunity to travel to and from school without having the hassle of paying a fare every day. By buying a term pass the cost of travel is actually reduced! Please ring your local depot for prices.

This pass is convenient for those students who may live close to school but want to catch the bus, either all the time or occasionally, for example when it is raining.

Free information can be obtained by contacting your local depot.

Information for Schools in the Sydney and Central Coast region.

Information for Schools in the North Coast region.

School bus safety

Busways ensure the safety and quality of services by:

  • Employing experienced, qualified drivers.
  • Providing appropriate training for all employees.
  • Maintaining high standards in fleet maintenance.
  • Developing and enforcing appropriate policies and procedures.

Bus travel = Safe travel

Bus travel is the safest form of land-based travel in Australia.

School children aged between 5 and 16 years, travelling to and from school, are substantially safer travelling by bus than other modes of transport. According to studies undertaken by the Institute of Transport and Logistical Studies, the University of Sydney, travelling to school by bus is 4.4 times safer than walking, 55 times safer than riding a bicycle, 9 times safer than riding a motorbike and 1.38 times safer than being driven in the family car.

The Road Fatalities Australia 2002 Statistical Summary (by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau) found that bus passengers represented only 0.019% of the 3452 road fatalities occurring on Australian roads between 2001 and 2002. Of the 1085 NSW road fatalities, only 28 involved buses.

Safety tips for parents and carers

Talking with your child about safe behaviour in traffic areas on a regular basis can build their confidence and help them to feel secure. One of the best ways to keep your child safe is to practice how to cross the road safely especially before boarding and after leaving the bus.

Please make sure your child understands the safety procedure below:

  • Wait on the footpath until the bus has driven away – choose the safest place to cross.
  • Watch until there is no traffic or the traffic has stopped.
  • Walk across the road, turning your head both ways to look and listen for traffic.

Other ways you can assist your child to become a safer bus traveller include:

  • Arrange for an adult to accompany your child to and from the bus stop.
  • Wait for your child on the same side of the road as the stopping bus.
  • Never call for your child to cross the road to meet you.
  • Discuss what to do should your child miss the bus or catch the wrong one.

Safety tips for drivers in school zones

Drivers play an important role in keeping these areas safe for students and pedestrians.

While in school zones please:

  • observe the 40km speed limit.
  • stop for pedestrians at children's crossings and follow the directions of crossing guards.
  • proceed cautiously around buses with flashing lights.
  • never stop or park in a school bus zone.
  • never stop or park near a children's crossing.
  • always use designated drop-off areas.

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