This page includes information for schools to manage finances and claims for the conveyance allowance. For information on the program, eligibility and application forms, see:
Financial Help with Student Transport
You can use the Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS) to:
record and submit conveyance allowance application forms
access student information from CASES21 and check student eligibility
lodge documentation and claims to the Department
report payments made to applicants
roll forward applications at the end of the school year.
The system can be used by government and non-government schools.
Get access to the system
You need to complete and submit a user form to be given access to the system:
SCAS User ID Form
Email completed SCAS Staff User Details forms to:
User guide and documentation
To determine the family's eligibility for the conveyance allowance, see: Financial help with student transport
SCAS School User Guide (docx - 6.61mb)
Import instructions and template (doc - 142kb)
SCAS Ticket Name - Public Transport Fare Cross Reference 2016 (pdf - 440.52kb)
Schools must submit conveyance claims to the Department each term using SCAS.
Claim submission closing date
Estimated pay run date
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:
Interstate School Claim (Victorian students only) (xls - 3.55mb)
Teaching Unit or Outpost Claim (xls - 3.54mb)
Interstate and Teaching Unit Claim Troubleshooting Guide (docx - 1.4mb)
Interstate and Teaching Unit Claim Troubleshooting Guide (pdf - 749kb)
How distance is calculated on SCAS
SCAS uses the student’s home property coordinates and road information in a similar way to GPS devices. SCAS constructs a route between the student’s address and the school attended. The route calculated and displayed should be by all-weather public roads.
SCAS also produces a table showing distances to nearby like schools to assist schools in determining whether the school attended is the student’s nearest. It is possible that the route constructed by SCAS cannot be driven or is incorrect. Evidence is required showing why the system generated distance is incorrect.
The distance of the route does not include private driveways. SCAS uses a similar method to Google maps determine and measure a route, however it determines the shortest route rather than the shortest travel time.
Roll forward applications
The ‘roll forward applications’ feature will copy claim applications in bulk from the previous school year, while incrementing the student’s year level
We recommend schools use the roll forward feature to make the process faster.
The feature cannot be used if the application was not claimable the year before, or for Year 12 students last year or Year 6 students in a primary school last year.
Roll forward cannot be used on new applications. For example, for new students or if the student's circumstances changed.
Step 1: ‘Roll Forward applications’
On the next working day, SCAS will have:
Step 2: Deleting applications
You must delete any applications for students who have been rolled forward to the current school year but have either left the school, or are no longer eligible for a conveyance allowance in the current school year. This will stop conveyance allowance payments for
To delete an application:
- On the SCAS home page, click on the ‘Applications Report’ under the ‘Control Panel’.
- Locate the application to be deleted, and click on the ‘Application ID’ link.
- The ‘View Application’ screen is displayed for the selected application. Click the ‘Delete’ button.
- Click the ‘Confirm Delete’ button.
- Repeat as required for other applications to be deleted (go back to step 2).
Step 3: Update/’Import Student Enrolment Data’
In order for SCAS to detect any changes that may affect conveyance allowance eligibility:
Government schools must ensure that CASES21 (Admin) accurately reflects the current student enrolment details. (I.e. that all current student enrolments are shown as ‘active’ on CASES21).
- SCAS will subsequently schedule a nightly download of the student enrolment data from CASES21 to SCAS for existing applications. SCAS will subsequently indicate with a ‘Number of applications with changes detected’.
- Go to ‘Step 4’ on this page.
Non-government schools must import their current student enrolment system data file into SCAS in term 1 of the current school year.
- The ‘Import Student Enrolment Data’ feature allows non-government schools to enter and amend student enrolment details in bulk.
- It is recommended to ‘Import Student Enrolment Data’ for your students at least once each term to maintain the correct/current student enrolment and exit data.
Action required (non-government schools):
On the SCAS home page under the ‘Control Panel’ menu:
- Click on the ‘Import Student Enrolment Data’ link. The template file will assist you to create your import (.csv) file.
Click on the ‘template’ link and save the template to your computer.
Open the saved template on your computer and populate the columns with your student data OR alternatively schools may be able to extract enrolment data in this file format from your school's enrolment system. For 'SCAS Import instructions and template (non gov schools only)' see;
Import instructions and template (doc - 142kb)
Save the populated template as a .csv file type.
- In SCAS, click the ‘Browse…’ button, then select your .csv file and then click the ‘Import’ button.
- When the import has been completed, go to ‘Student Import History’ under the ‘Control Panel’ menu and check to see if your import has been successful (complete).
- If not successful (incomplete), review the error message(s) description and amend your .csv file accordingly.
‘Import’ the amended .csv file again until the errors are corrected.
Step 4: Modify any applications which have Changes Detected
SCAS will indicate the number of applications with 'Changes Detected’ where applicable. Schools should view the ‘Applications Report’ under the SCAS 'Control Panel' to review the applications that may be excluded.
Any applications marked as having 'Changes Detected' are automatically Excluded in the conveyance allowance claim. Typically changes relate to residential address and/or the transport details.
Applications with 'Changes Detected' require modification where the details for a student have changed in order to check for conveyance allowance eligibility.
- On the SCAS home page, there is a link titled 'Number of applications with changes detected'.
- If any applications are listed, click on the link to view applications which may require attention.
To reduce your search result with current applications, it is recommended that you filter your search:
Step 5: Submit your term Claim
A ‘claim’ represents one or many applications made by a school for the payment of a conveyance allowance for a given period.
There are four claim periods with each period corresponding to one of the four terms of the school year. A school must submit a ‘claim’ four times a year: once in each claim period.
Claim Period Dates are found on the SCAS Welcome Screen > Control Panel
Only a SCAS user with 'approver' access can submit the claim.
IMPORTANT- a school can only submit a 'claim' once per term. This should be done just prior to the claim period closing date as any changes or new applications cannot be added after the claim has been submitted for the term.
- On the SCAS Home page click 'View Claim'.
- Click the 'Submit' button.
- Tick the box to 'certify' the claim and then the 'Submit' claim button.
Get advice and training
When school staff submit a new user request they will also be given access to the SCAS training system.
If you require access to SCAS Training System email:
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘SCAS training system access’ including your school name and
school number. We will then register your request for access and contact you with the relevant details.
Access to SCAS training is required for step-by-step SCAS training exercises, see: SCAS e-learning Course
For an accessible version of the e-learning course, see: (rtf - 413.39kb)
Further assistance is available for schools via:
SCAS is supported during business hours Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.