The Victorian School Bus Program assists families in rural and regional Victoria by transporting students to school. Priority is given to students who attend a government school and live 4.8kms or more from their school. Contact our new regional bus coordinator Jodi Morgan 02 60437500 or on for more information.
Nearest government school or nearest appropriate non-government school
• To be eligible for travel on a school bus at no cost, government students must attend their nearest school while non-government students must attend their nearest appropriate school, which is determined by the denomination of the school.
• Students not attending their nearest school may be accommodated on a bus service as long as they pay a fare and seating capacity exists.
• Students must reside 4.8 km or more from the school. The distance is measured by the shortest practicable route from the student’s front gate to the school’s main entrance.
Non-government school students
• Eligible government students have priority over eligible non government students when being accommodated on services.
• Non-government students may be accommodated where capacity exists.
• Non-government students on their own do not form a case for the establishment of a new school bus service or an extension to a route.
• The policy has some exemptions where a student may be granted access to a bus service at no cost. These exemptions are limited and specific.
• Exemptions are not granted on the basis of financial hardship.
• Government and non-government students not attending their nearest appropriate school are required to pay a fare as set by PTV.
• A fare paying student may be required to relinquish their seat if the service is at capacity and an eligible non-fare paying student (government and non-government) wishes to access the service. The status of fare paying students is assessed each term.
• Parents/guardians must agree in writing that their child will
• Parents/guardians agree to make alternative travel arrangements should their child be required to relinquish their seat.
• Fare paying students do not form a case for service retention.
Conditions of travel and parental responsibilities
• Students and parents/guardians must agree to comply with
the conditions of bus travel as stated on the back of all School
Bus Program travel application forms.
• Parents/guardians understand that school bus travel is a
privilege and not a right.
• Families may apply for special consideration in complex and
challenging transport circumstances (not including financial
hardship). An application for special case consideration
can be made through the school and requires DET regional
endorsement and any documentation that supports the case.
• Speak to your school’s bus coordinator for further information
on special case consideration.
• In a forecast emergency school bus services will be cancelled if any part of the route is deemed at risk.
• A rapid onset emergency may result in service cancellations and buses being held at the school or if in transit, the buses returning to the school.
• Parents/guardians should familiarise themselves with the school’s school bus emergency management plans.