Financial Help with Student Transport (Conveyance Allowance)

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Families in rural and regional Victoria can get help with the cost of transporting their children to their nearest school or campus. This is known as the conveyance allowance.

The conveyance allowance is available to students travelling by:

  • public transport
  • private car
  • private bus
  • or to students whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus.

The conveyance allowance is a contribution towards transport costs and is not intended to cover the full cost of transporting children to and from school.

Who can apply

The conveyance allowance is available to families who meet certain criteria.

Students attending a school must:

  • attend their nearest government or non-government school/campus appropriate to their year level at which admission is permissible
  • be enrolled at a school/campus 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 specialist school or 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.

Special settings must be recognised by the Department and can include:

  • deaf facilities
  • English language schools and centres
  • re-engagement centres
  • secondary teaching units.

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.

To view the boundary map, see: Conveyance Allowance Metropolitan Boundary Map (jpg - 449kb)

Apply for the allowance

Families can complete an application form and submit it to their school, or the school can complete the form on their behalf.

Note: Form 3 Application for public transport travel must include evidence of ticket purchase.

Schools then lodge the application via the Student Conveyance Allowance System.

For instructions on how to process applications, see: Manage Conveyance Allowance

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.

Policy and boundary map

For Schools

For instructions on how to process applications, see: Manage Conveyance Allowance

Get advice

Contact your school first to check if you can get the allowance. If the school can't help, contact the Department via conveyance@edumail.vic.gov.au

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