Most students residing in New South Wales are eligible to apply for free bus transport to and from school. Such transport is provided only after presentation of an appropriate travel pass to the driver upon boarding the bus.
Parents/Guardians must apply for a new travel pass in any of the following circumstances:
An "Application for Travel by Eligible School Students" form is obtainable from your school or our office. After obtaining the signatures of a parent/guardian and the principal of the school, the completed application is processed by Shoal Bus on behalf of The Ministry of Transport. A Travel Pass is then issued by Shoal Bus to the appropriate school for distribution.
To be eligible for subsidised travel under the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) students should:
School travel is only available between home and school for school attendance and is available on school days only.
Passes are not transferable and must be shown on demand. Therefore all students are advised to carry their Travel Pass with them on all school days. Students must present their Pass to the driver upon boarding or to a driver or inspector when requested.
The Department of Transport reserves the right to withdraw a Travel Pass 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 Shoal Bus and subsidised travel cease immediately.