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Conveyance Allowance Program (CAP)

The conveyance allowance is a form of financial assistance to help families in rural and regional Victoria with the cost of transporting their children to their nearest appropriate school/campus.  The conveyance allowance is available to eligible students travelling by public transport, private car and private bus.  The conveyance allowance is also available to eligible students whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria varies depending on the type of school attended and where it is located.

Students attending a government or non-government school must:

  • attend their nearest government or non-government school/campus appropriate to their year level at which admission is permissible
  • reside outside Melbourne’s metropolitan conveyance boundary
  • reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from that school/campus attended
  • be of school age (5 to 18 years old at time of application) and reside in Victoria.

Students attending a government or non-government specialist school or Department-recognised special setting must:

  • attend their nearest government or non-government specialist school or Department-recognised special setting
  • reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from that school/campus attended
  • reside within the Designated Transport Area (DTA) for the government specialist school attended (applicable to government students only)
  • be of school age (5 to 18 years old at time of application) and reside in Victoria.

Note: Specialist schools and special settings located within metropolitan Melbourne are not subject to the conveyance allowance boundary and students may apply for a conveyance allowance.

Special settings include:

  • deaf facilities
  • English language schools and centres
  • re-engagement centres
  • Secondary Teaching Units.
Note: Department-recognised special settings are listed with the Family Payments Unit.
 

Payment amounts

Depending on how a student travels to school, an eligible student may be granted a conveyance allowance based on:
  • the least expensive public transport fares; and/or
  • a distance based allowance when travel is by private car and/or private bus.

Resources

Application forms

For Schools:

Key Dates

Schools are required to submit conveyance claims to the Department each term using the online Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS).

Term claim closing dates:

Claim period

Claim submission closing date

Estimated pay run date

Term 4, 2014 school year

28/11/2014​

12/12/2014 

Term 1

06/03/2015

20/03/2015

Term 2

05/06/2015

19/06/2015

Term 3

28/08/2015

11/09/2015

Term 4 ​

27/11/2015 11/12/2015​

A small number of interstate schools, teaching units and English Language outposts are unable to be provided with access to SCAS and should continue to use the relevant claim spread sheet. Claim forms can be downloaded, see:

Further information

Enquiries in relation to eligibility for a conveyance allowance should be addressed by the school in the first instance. 

If enquiries cannot be resolved at school level, please contact the Family Payments Unit (FPU) at: conveyance@edumail.vic.gov.au  

For information on the Student Allowance Conveyance System (SCAS), see: Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS)

For more information on the Victorian Public Transport Concession Card, see: Public Transport Victoria's (PTV) Travelling with Student Concessions

Related policies

  • School Bus Program (SBP)
  • Students with Disabilities Transport Program (SDTP)

For more information, see: Student Transport