The Students with Disabilities Transport Program (SDTP) provides transport assistance for eligible students attending their designated government specialist school. The program aims to facilitate substantive equality for students with a disability and is a contribution towards and an acknowledgement of the additional costs families may incur as a result of attending a specialist school. However, attendance at a specialist school does not automatically entitle a student to assistance or preclude parents/guardians from being primarily responsible for their child’s transport arrangements.
To be eligible for transport assistance under the SDTP a student must:
Be eligible for the Program for Students with a Disability (PSD).
Reside in the Designated Transport Area (DTA) of the specialist school attended.
Be enrolled at the school for three or more days per week.
Be of school-age and reside in Victoria.
Types of travel assistance
Types of travel assistance may include:
- a conveyance allowance
- access to the travel education program
- access to a mainstream school bus
- access to a specialist school transport service
- an alternative Department-arranged transport solution.
Upon enrolment specialist schools should discuss with parents/guardians the different types of travel assistance available and the parental obligations and responsibilities that go with accepting transport assistance. For students accessing a specialist school transport service, further discussions with parents/guardians need to cover pick-up and drop-off points and times, and any behavioural or medical needs of the student while on the bus service.
SDTP policy and resources
SDTP Emergency Management Operational Guidelines
SDTP Contract Change Form (docx - 57.3kb)
The Travel Education Framework (TEF) is a resource to assist specialist schools with planning a sequential development program that gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully travel independently between home and school using public transport.
For more information, see:
Travel Education Framework