Students may be eligible for assistance under STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme) if they:
- have parents/guardians who are residents of Queensland
- attend an approved school on a full-time basis
- are younger than 19 years of age
- are seeking transport assistance to and from one address only
- are travelling more than 1 trip per week.
Eligibility for STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme) is dependent on the applicant meeting all relevant criteria of the scheme. The distance criteria must be met and the student must travel on the designated service for the area in which they reside in order to qualify for government funded travel. This assistance cannot be transferred to another operator. Other general conditions must also be met before assistance can be approved. Full details can be found at www.translink.com.au/schooltransport.
The following conditions apply under the STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme) :
Students must be enrolled at an approved school.
State primary school students (years prep-6) must live more than 3.2km by the shortest trafficable route from the nearest state primary school. Non-state primary students (years prep-6) must live more than 3.2km from both the nearest state school and non-state school of the type attended.
State secondary school students (years 7-12) must live more than 4.8km by the shortest trafficable route from the nearest state secondary school. Non-state secondary students (years 7-12) must live more than 4.8km from both the nearest state school and non-state school of the type attended.
Measuring: The distance from your residential property to the school is measured by the shortest trafficable route over roads open for public use. Distances are measured from the vehicle access point of your residential property alignment nearest to the school, to the closest entrance to the school. No measurements are made on private property. In calculating this distance, the single journey is used. However, in cases where the distance to and from school varies because of different routes, for example one-way roads, the average distance is taken.
Students are only eligible to receive assistance on the designated bus service for their area. This service is determined by the department. In some circumstances, the designated service will transport students to other than the nearest school, due to historical or practical reasons.
Financial assistance may be available under the provisions of the safety-net scheme for financially disadvantaged students residing close to their nearest school.
In assessing eligibility of students, the minimum frequency of travel is 20% that is, two trips per week.
In some circumstances, eligible students who do not attend their nearest state school may receive travel assistance based on the distance to the nearest state school. Parents are then responsible for payment of any excess fares to the school attended.
Students living in an area serviced by a kilometre-based school bus service are not eligible for assistance on fares-based services.
Students from overseas, interstate or on student exchange programs are not eligible to receive travel assistance.
Students attending TAFE colleges are not eligible to receive transport assistance.
Travel assistance is only available from one address and to one school facility. This address must be the principal place of residence of the student’s parent or guardian. For students under shared guardianship, parents must decide from which address they will apply for assistance.
School Transport Assistance Scheme Policy Update
Removal of the sibling provision from the New Schools policy
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) introduced a new section to the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) policy in December 2016 (1.1.18 New Schools). This policy enables eligible students affected by a new school opening in their local area to maintain the current level of STAS assistance under grandfather arrangements. The policy also contained a sibling provision which allowed siblings of grandfathered students to receive STAS assistance subject to certain conditions being met.
This policy change is to apply from the start of the 2019 school year. The amended policy wording is:
The Department of Transport and Main Roads’ objective is to support educational outcomes for students through the provision of transport solutions under STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme) . To achieve this, when a new school is built in an area that affects the eligibility of local students, the department will support the continued enrolment of these students at their current school by extending STAS benefits under grandfather arrangements. When a new state school opens in an area, students currently receiving STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme) assistance will maintain their eligibility under grandfather arrangements. This applies for both state and non-state students. These arrangements will continue until the end of the student’s current schooling arrangements (that is, year 6 for primary and year 12 for secondary students) provided there is no change to personal details such as address, or school attended.
Students previously approved under the sibling provision will maintain their assistance until the end of their current schooling arrangements (year 6 for primary and year 12 for secondary) provided there is no change to school or address. New applications received for STAS assistance, including those from siblings of grandfathered students, will be assessed under current policy and based on distance to the nearest school.
Further information on STAS (School Transport Assistance Scheme) can be found at www.translink.com.au/translink or by contacting your local TransLink Divisional office.