The School Bus Program (SBP) is an extensive school bus network that provides travel at no cost to eligible government and non-government students living in rural and regional Victoria. The school bus network is administered by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and carries over 73,000 students each school day on approximately 1500 school bus routes at a cost of $201 million per annum.
The Student Transport Unit (STU) has put together resources to assist schools and families with the SBP. These includes a policy guide, FAQs and templates for schools and eligibility guides for families. The STU recently added the SBP User Guide and Administration Checklist and SBP Bus Roll template to the list of school resources.
SBP policy and resources
Bus fare collection
Coordinating schools must submit collected fares each term to the STU. A template is provided to assist schools in providing this information.
For accountability purposes, a list of students from whom the fares have been received and the period to which they relate must accompany the fares (hard copy of fare remittance advice form). Additionally please send soft copy via firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 bus fare rate
Ineligible students and the general public who wish to access a SBP-provided service are required to pay a fare.
A flat fare of $120 per term/ $480 per annum is payable.
Schools must use Department-formatted SBP permission to travel application forms. Using the correct forms creates consistency, fairness and ensures families are aware of their obligations under the program. Please use the appropriate application form that corresponds to a student's eligibility status.
School Bus Program – Administration Reform Pilot
The Student Transport Unit is currently working with PTV as they oversee trials of the School Bus Management System (SBMS) Pilot. There are 11 networks involved in the pilot.
Further information will be communicated with schools as the pilot progresses.