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