School FAQ’s

Feedback, Compliments or Complaints

You can submit feedback, complaints or concerns by using one of the following methods:

Submitting a complaint

Sapphire Coast Buslines is committed to providing excellent customer service but if you would like to submit a complaint we would like to assure you that we will act in an open and honest manner and within clear time frames.

Our priority is to respond and resolve complaints within 2 business days unless it involves more investigation. In these instances, you will be kept updated on the progress of your complaint.

What if I want to remain anonymous?

You can choose to remain anonymous when you submit a complaint. Anonymous complaints will be registered and referred to the relevant area for review. Although we won’t be able to respond to your concerns, anonymous complaints can provide us with useful information that can lead to service improvements. 

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Subsided School Transport Scheme

A. 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
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If your child does not automatically qualify for free travel and if you have grounds you can request TfNSW to review your application based on medical or safety reasons.

For a student not eligible and you would still like to use the bus you can consider:

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

The cost of a term pass is $50 per term or $180 per year. This entitles you to travel on any bus to get to school or any bus from school during the school term Monday to Friday.

Not for use on weekends or during the school holidays. Please note this is only available to students currently attending Primary and Secondary Schools in the Bega Valley.

You can purchase a Term Pass online or calling our depot on 6495 6452.

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A. 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 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.

  • 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 your application to use as a bus pass in the interim until the bus pass is issued.
  • The number on your application can be used to track its progress.
  • Your application will be checked by the school against their enrolment and address records. 
  • If approved, SCB will then issue a bus pass and arrange these to be handed out at school in Term 1, or sent with driver onto the child’s bus if the application is received later in the year.

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.

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A new school travel pass will automatically be issued at the start of the new school year with the following exceptions:

You will need to do a new application if:

  • Applying for a school travel pass for the first time in NSW
  • Enrolling in Kindergarten
  • Requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

You will need to do an update application if the student has a current school travel pass and:

  • Your home to school free travel period expired.
  • The student is progressing from Year 6 to Year 7 unless the school attending is K-12 (Sapphire Coast Anglican College or Lumen Christi)
  • The student’s circumstances change, e.g. name, change of school, home address or school year outside of the usual progression.

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  • A separate SSTS application should be made by each parent (or by the student if aged 16 or over) for each address.
  • Applications for subsidised travel for Friday afternoons and Monday mornings only (to cover weekend access visits) are not eligible under the Scheme.
  • You do not in the first instance need to provide a court order or statutory declaration to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for shared parental responsibility situations. However, TfNSW in its discretion reserves the right to request these or further evidence documents if required for the purposes of determining eligibility for subsidised travel from both parents’ addresses.
  • If you are in a shared parental responsibility situation where a School Pass has been approved and you change your address or your child changes school, you must submit an updated application.
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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.

You can purchase a Term Pass online or by calling our depot on 6495 6452.

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For students that need to travel to locations OTHER than home or school, a fare is required for each trip. If your child needs to travel regularly to and from extra-curricular activities a Term or Annual Pass could be the way to go.

The cost of a term pass is $50 per term or $180 per year. This entitles you to travel on any bus to get to school or any bus from school during the school term Monday to Friday.

Not for use on weekends or during the school holidays. Please note this is only available to students currently attending Primary and Secondary Schools in the Bega Valley.

You can purchase a Term Pass online or by calling our depot on 6495 6452.

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  • before and after school care or child-minding premises
  • before and after school activities
  • school excursions
  • sports events
  • work experience
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) at a location away from where the student is enrolled
  • multi-campus high schools, weekend schools, pre-schools or mini-schools (except for full-time geographically isolated distance education students).
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When filling in your SSTS Application Form online, please provide a contact number of someone that can be reach during the times your child is on the bus which could be yourself or another family member.

The field is optional when applying but if left blank we will be unable to contact you if your child loses something on the bus, is sick on the bus, misses their regular stop, gets on the wrong bus or there is no one there at the bus stop to meet your child.

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Traveling On The Bus

Unless the item can be accommodated within the student’s bag or separate equipment bag and can fit on students lap.  It cannot take up a passenger seat or be stowed in the isle.  Large school projects and large musical instruments must also fit on student’s lap.

Please note that if these or other items are deemed by the driver as having potential to cause injury  in the event the bus was involved in an accident or required to break heavily which may cause injury or discomfort to other passengers is also prohibited from being carried inside the bus.

This policy is for the safety of passengers, other road users and the driver.

Management understand that it may cause inconvenience to passengers, however safety is always our first concern.  As such all drivers are asked to enforce this policy as it only creates confusion and angst if some drivers adhere to the policy and others disregard at certain times.

  • Surfboards, Boogie Boards – No, items are too large.
  • Golf/Cricket bags – Yes if contained in a narrow bag.
  • Scooters – Yes if folded and in a bag.
  • Fishing rods – Yes if folded and in a bag.
  • Skate boards – Yes if it is in a bag.
  • Bikes – No, item too large

There is no eating permitted on buses unless for medical reasons and only water is allowed to be drunk on buses.

Sapphire Coast Buslines prides itself on its driver training and employment practices. In line with Guidelines set out by Transport for NSW and the RTA, all our drivers have a

  • Driver Authority
  • Medium Rigid License or higher
  • A current Working with Children Police Check. 
  • Our drivers are also offered customer service training, Certificate in Transport Distribution and training in working with customers who may have special needs.

Please remember that there is a strict Code of Conduct for all students travelling under the SSTS scheme must adhere to. Breaches of the Code will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action, including possible suspension from free travel. If you feel your child is having any trouble on the bus, please call us and we will ensure the driver is aware of the situation. Our drivers are trained to deal with various issues such as special needs children, shyness, bullying and swearing.

In some school bus situations, there will be a mixture of both primary and high school children. Often these buses with a mixture have better behaviour than buses with Primary or Secondary only students. In most cases, high school students will sit towards the back of the bus and primary towards the front nearest the driver.

If you think your child has left something on the bus, just give us a call.  We have a comprehensive Lost Property System where we make every attempt to return the property to its rightful owner.

If your child does not turn up at the right stop, don’t panic; ring us here at the Pambula office on (02) 6495 6452. We will radio through to our drivers and locate your child and we will organise to have the bus meet you at another stop or if possible divert the bus at an appropriate point back to your stop.

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