Students with Disabilities Transport Program (SDTP)

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

Introduction

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.   

Eligibility

To be eligible for transport assistance under the SDTP a student must:

  1. Be eligible for the Program for Students with a Disability (PSD). 
  2. Reside in the Designated Transport Area (DTA) of the specialist school attended.
  3. Be enrolled at the school for three or more days per week.
  4. 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 forms

          Travel Education

          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

          National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

          The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new nationally based way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The scheme is administered by a Commonwealth agency, the National Disability Insurance Agency, and will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

          Student transport is in scope of the NDIS. During the rollout of the NDIS (July 2016 to July 2019), student transport will be provided by the Victorian Government as an in-kind service. For more information, see: NDIS and student transport – fact sheet

          Further Information