School bus services

In regional and rural Victoria, services will operate as normal. Your school will be notified if this advice changes.

Which school bus service to use

Your child should continue to use their normal school bus service (the service they used in Term 1).

If your family is new to the area, has moved house or has other service questions, you should speak with your school’s bus coordinator.

Extra services

No further services will be added to Victoria’s school bus network.

Principals will monitor this situation and will let you know if this changes.

Student safety on school bus services

School buses and public transport are essential services and are available for children who need to travel.

Using face coverings on school buses

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government announced that from 11.59pm on Sunday 2 August, all Victorians over the age of 12 must wear a face covering when they leave their home.

This means children over the age of 12, attending secondary school must wear a face covering when travelling to and from school.

For more information, visit: Wearing face coverings.

Additional cleaning on school buses

As with all Victorian public transport services, school bus operators have increased cleaning across the network to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

All school buses will undergo daily cleaning and sanitisation. All high touch point surfaces will be wiped down, including:

  • handrails
  • arm rests
  • steering wheels
  • driver doors.

Physical distancing on school buses and at bus interchanges

Student transport services (public and private) are provided so your child can travel to/from education facilities. 

To support distancing for adult bus staff, the seating area behind the driver should be kept clear.

If a driver and student supervisor are both onboard, supervisors should be seated away from the driver (potentially at the rear of the bus) to support distancing whilst maintaining care for student travellers.

Physical distancing should be continued for parents and school staff at bus stops, interchanges and school bus loading areas.

Transport for children with additional needs

The Students with Disabilities Transport Program will continue to operate throughout Victoria.

Your school will let you know if this advice changes.

Reimbursements for families who aren’t using their normal public transport school bus services

Those who have a Myki student pass can apply for a refund from Public Transport Victoria. Phone 1800 800 007.

School Bus Program fares and refunds

The School Bus Program’s ineligible traveller bus fare of $120 per term will be waived for Term 2. You will still need to complete the normal application process through your child's school to travel.

If you have already paid the fare to travel in Term 3 for the School Bus Program, you should contact your child's school to discuss a refund or that the school retain the fare for future travel costs.