School Free Travel
The School Student Transport Scheme Eligibility
To be eligible for subsidised travel under the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School students will:
- be a resident of NSW;
- be 4 years 6 months of age or older;
- be an infant student; i.e. attending Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, irrespective of the distance from home to school
- be a primary student (Year 3-6), and reside more than 1.6 kilometres (radial distance) from the school attended, measured on a radius from the centre of the school site, or 2.3 kilometres or more by the most direct practicable walking route to the nearest point of physical entry to the school;
- be a secondary student (Year 7-12), and reside more than 2.0 kilometres (radial distance) from the school attended, measured on a radius from the centre of the school site, or 2.9 kilometres or more by the most direct practicable walking route to the nearest point of physical entry to the school;
- be enrolled at a registered day school or boarding school;
- be eligible for a free government education. Students who are not eligible for a free government education are not eligible for subsidised travel.
TAFE Students will:
- be enrolled in a full-time TAFE course ie: with a course duration of 12 weeks or more, requiring a minimum of 20 hours attendance over at least 4 days per week;
- be under 18 years of age at January 1 of the year of application;
- live more than 3.2km from the college by most practical walking route
- not be employed
- attend nearest TAFE to their home where enrolment is available.
How to Apply for Free Travel
- Application forms are available from all schools or TAFE and must be completed by a parent or guardian. TAFE students should complete and sign their own forms.
- The completed form is then returned to the school or TAFE the student is enrolled at.
- The schools will forward the application onto Metro-Link who will assess that the students meet the distance eligibility criteria.
- If eligible, Metro-Link will issue the student with a bus pass.
- Conditions of travel are printed on the back of all passes.
New Applications Must be Completed When a Student...
- Enrols in Kindergarten,
- Progresses from Year 2 to 3,
- Progresses from Year 6 to 7,
- Progress from Year 10 to 11,
- Changes name, address or school.
- Parents/guardians of students deemed ineligible by their school or local transport operator may apply to NSW Transport & Infrastructure for a review of that decision.
- Should NSW Transport & Infrastructure not approve subsidised travel and the applicant(s) considers that there are special circumstances, such as safety and/or hardship issues associated with their case, they may appeal the Ministry's decision. Appeals are heard by an independent SSTS Appeals Panel, which considers each case on its individual merits.
Use of Pass Issued to Eligible Students
- Students must abide by the Code of Conduct.
- School travel is only available between home and school for school attendance and is available on school days only.
- Passes are to be used for only one forward and one return trip per school day.
- Passes are not transferable and must be shown on demand.
- Travel by bus is subject to the conditions laid down by NSW Transport & Infrastructure governing the carriage of passengers on public transport.
- No child will be denied travel in circumstances where they have lost or forgotten their subsidised travel pass.
- Journeys must commence and finish only at the points nominated on this application without a break of journey.
Conditions of Use of Subsidised Travel
- You agree to NSW Transport & Infrastructure and its auditors contacting the school attended to confirm the details provided in this application from time to time.
- NSW Transport & Infrastructure reserves the right to withdraw subsidised travel:
- If investigation shows the student to be ineligible. Following notification to the parent/guardian any issued pass must be surrendered to the school principal, or the bus proprietor, and subsidised travel cease forthwith.
- Subject to breaches of the Code of Conduct and following notification to the school and parents/guardians.
Parents or guardians should apply for a replacement bus pass. Cost is $10.00. Replacement passes can be purchased from our depot at Lot 11 Green Valley Road, Green Valley NSW 2168 during office hours.
If a student’s application for a travel is unsuccessful (does not meet NSW Transport & Infrastructure criteria), a term pass is available for purchase from the company office at a discounted rate.
Term passes are available for either morning or afternoon travel or both.
To apply for a term pass or obtain a quote, please contact our company office.
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