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School Student Transport Scheme

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:

  • A NSW resident
  • Be 4 years 6 months of age or older
  • Be an infant student; i.e. 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 kms (radial distance) from school, or 2.3 kms 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 kms (radial distance) from school, or 2.9 kms 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 kms 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 online at www.transportnsw.info/school-students. 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 or on the Busways website, by payment of a fee.

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 to pay a fare every day and at a reduced cost. 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. Term passes can be bought at your local Busways depot or on the Busways website.