Students who attend their designated government specialist school may get help with travel through the Students with Disabilities Transport Program.
Travel help may include:
- a conveyance allowance (a financial contribution towards the cost of travel)
- access to a travel education program
- access to a mainstream school bus
- access to a specialist school transport service
- an alternative transport solution arranged by the Department.
Specialist schools should discuss with families:
- the different types of travel help available
- the responsibilities that go with accepting travel help
- pick-up and drop-off locations and times
- any behavioural or medical needs the student has while on the transport service.
To meet the criteria for transport help a student must:
live in the designated transport area of their specialist school
be enrolled at the school for three or more days each week
be of school age and live in Victoria.
Policy and procedures
Emergency management guidelines
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. Read more about Travel Education Framework.
The Students with Disabilities Transport Program module is designed to assist school and bus staff to understand their roles and responsibilities under the program.
All school staff with SDTP related responsibilities are expected to complete the module annually and should access it through the Department’s learning management system, LearnED, which is available through eduPay Employee Self Service.
All SDTP bus drivers and supervisors must complete the module at the commencement of each school year or, for new staff, before their first shift on an SDTP bus service. In addition, all depot and administrative staff with an SDTP related role are expected to complete the module. Bus operator staff can access the module via
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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a 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
The Students with Disabilities Transport Program 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.