How to apply
1. Identify which operator you need to apply to.
For a list of schools by operator click here.
2. Determine your eligibility.
Distance based eligibility
The following is a brief summary of eligibility for distance based assistance and should be used as a guide only. Please refer to the School Transport Assistance Scheme for full details or contact your nearest Department of Transport and Main Roads office.
To be eligible for distance based assistance, students must meet the distance criteria relevant to their circumstances, as well as satisfy the general conditions of the scheme.
- Primary school students must live more than 3.2 km† from the nearest state primary school
- Secondary school students must live more than 4.8 km† from the nearest state secondary school
- Non-state school students must live more than the required distances from both the nearest state and non-state school of the type attended
Safety net eligibility
Safety-net bus travel assistance is available for financially disadvantaged students who live close to their nearest school. It is available to students travelling on either kilometre-based or fares-based school bus services. To be eligible for safety-net assistance, students must meet the distance criteria, as well as the safety-net eligibility criteria stated below.
To be eligible for safety-net assistance the student must be listed as a dependant on the applicant’s:
- Health Care Card issued by Centrelink, Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
- Or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card.
Students who have a card issued in their own name, as well as students under a Care and Protection order issued by the Department of Communities (Child Safety Services), may also qualify for safety-net assistance.
- Primary school students must live 3.2 km or less from the nearest state primary school
- Secondary school students must live 4.8 km or less from the nearest state secondary school
- Non-state school students must live the required distances or less from either the nearest state or non-state school of the type attended.
- The student must not be in receipt of any other School Transport Assistance Scheme assistance.
- Applications must be in the name of the cardholder and require evidence of eligibility under safety-net guidelines.
- The cardholder must sign a certification allowing data matching to occur with Centrelink. Applicants who do not agree to this condition will not be eligible to receive safety-net assistance.
Calculating the distance to your nearest school:
Click here to use the Queensland Department of Education and Training’s Find a School Directory
Queensland Department of Education and Training have created the following app to assist you to calculate your nearest state school.
3. Download an application form.
Distance Based Application Form or Safety Net Assistance Application Form
4. Take your application form to Bus Queensland within 7 days of start of travel along with supporting documentation.
For contact information click here.