School Free Travel

Most school students living in NSW are eligible for free bus travel when travelling between home and school.

How do I know if my child is eligible for Free Travel to school?

To be eligible for travel under the School Student Travel Scheme (SSTS) students must be:

  • A resident of NSW
  • 4 years 6 months of age or older
  • An infant student (k, 1 or 2), irrespective of distance from school
  • A primary student (year 3-6) straight line distance from their home address to school is more than 1.6 km or walking distance from home to school is 2.3 km or further.
  • A secondary student (year 7-12) straight line distance from their home address to school is more than 2.0 km or walking distance from home to school is 2.9 km or further.
  • Enrolled at a registered day or boarding school

How do I apply for School Free Travel?

In May 2016 NSW Transport introduced changes to the way you apply for School Free Travel. Paper application forms, known to many parents as the SSTS Blue Forms now no longer exist and you now apply and update your details online. If a student already has a school travel pass, in most cases you won’t need to re-apply at the end of the school year as your pass will be rolled over unless your details have changed.

However you will need to do a new application if:
•    Applying for a school travel pass for the first time
•    Enrolling in Kindergarten
•    Requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).
•    If your home to school free travel period expired.

Importantly, you will need to do an update application if the student has a current school travel pass and:
•    is progressing from Year 2 to year 3
•    is progressing from Year 6 to Year 7
•    circumstances change, e.g. change of school, home address or school year outside of the usual progression.

Parents with children under 16 must complete the online application and students over 16 are required to complete their own application. Once complete print a copy of you application to use as a bus pass in the interim. You will also receive an application number that you can use to check the progress and your application. Your application then via the internet is sent to your school to validate student’s enrollment and also the address used to apply for free travel matches address in their records.

If you don’t have access to the internet you can phone NSW Transport on 131 500 and they will help lodge your application for you. However, you can use a new paper application form (pdf 52KB) for free travel if you don’t have an email address, a computer or your address isn’t being recognised by the TfNSW system.

Once approved Sapphire Coast Buslines will distribute school bus passes the same way as they currently do – via the drivers, schools or mail. You will need to show the driver this school travel pass every time you board the bus.

What if I lose my School Free Travel Pass?

Please look after your school travel pass. If you lose or damage your pass to the point of it being illegible, you will need to pay $15 for a replacement pass which can be done online from the SCB website, our office in South Pambula or over the phone. You may also complete a form and hand to the driver with cash or cheque.

What if your child is not eligible for free travel?

If your child is not eligible for free subsidised travel, alternatives include:

  • An SCB Term or Annual Pass
  • Paying a bus fare each time you travel

Please visit transport for NSW SSTS page for more information.

Still have questions?

Phone our friendly staff on (02) 6495 6452 or send us an enquiry.