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Getting to and from school

All parents are responsible for transporting their children to school.

Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for school transport assistance. There are three school transport assistance programs:

Travel training can help children become more independent

Some schools offer travel training for students with disability who are learning to travel independently. Travel training is aimed at helping students to walk, cycle or use public transport on their own. Depending on the needs of the student, the training could teach them how to get around in general, or it could focus on teaching them to travel between specific places, for example, travelling between home and school.

If you think your child could benefit from travel training, talk to your child's teacher about whether it might be included in your child's curriculum plan.

Queensland Transport offers school transport assistance to a wide range of students

Queensland Transport's School Transport Assistance Scheme External Link is available to students who live beyond a certain distance from their school. The assistance provided is based on the distance to your closest school.

There is also assistance for some students who:

Assistance can take the form of:

For information about Queensland Transport's School Transport Assistance Scheme External Link,contact Queensland Transport on telephone 13 23 80.

Department of Education, Training and Employment's school transport assistance program for students with disability

As a parent, you have responsibility for providing or arranging your child's transport between school and home. If you believe there will be difficulty getting your child to school, you are able to request that an assessment be undertaken to determine eligibility for transport assistance. This is a formal assessment undertaken at the school by a trained school transport assessor. To be eligible, a student must have a disability that necessitates the provision of transport assistance. The factors that are taken into account in determining eligibility for this assistance are:

Transport assistance may include things like:

Under the School Transport Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities only for the child with a disability can use the transport assistance provided. For example, if one of your children is being driven to school by a taxi or minibus service, you will still need to make arrangements for your other children to get to school - they won't be able to ride in the taxi or minibus. It may be worth checking if they're eligible for Queensland Transport's School Transport Assistance Scheme External Link.

School transport assistance for students at non-state schools

Students in non-state schools may be eligible for the Non-State School Transport Assistance Scheme, which is run by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC). It includes the Bus Fare Assistance Program, and a program specifically for students with disability.

For more information about the Non-State School Transport Assistance Scheme:

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