1. Check Your Eligibility
Take the Eligibility Questionnaire
This page contains information on Eligibility
Please scroll down the page and read the drop down boxes.
For information on How to Apply, scroll down to the very end of this page and click on the red ‘How to Apply’ button.
How do I organise the right bus (or other public transport) to use?
Current information may be available from...
the following organisations or their web sites:
- Translink.com.au - Journey planner. (You may wish to select "More options" and scroll down to tick most options including "School".) (Telephone: 13 12 30).
- Your school
- Local bus companies (or via your local government).
- The Department of Transport & Main Roads. Please review our web site below for further information about how to contact the Department and the items you may wish to check with them.
Do you have a Student With Disability?
To qualify for Students With Disability (SWD) transport assistance under NSSTAS, the student must have a disability that necessitates transport assistance to and/or from school by motor vehicle and/or public transport.
The SWD student must meet the following eligibility criteria:
has been verified (or awaiting verification) through the school as eligible under Queensland criteria for the ‘Students with Disability Program for Non-State Schools’ - Education Adjustment Program (EAP) under one or more of the following impairments ...
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Physical Impairment
- Social Emotional Disorder (non-state students only)
- Speech-Language Impairment
- Vision Impairment
has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Support Plan or equivalent which confirms:
- transport needs, assessed by the school, that are demonstrably different to those of their same age peers by reason of their disability, and
- a Travel Capability Rating (TCR) of C, D, E or F:
|A - Adult
The student can negotiate all public transport services
|B – Independent
The student is able to wait at the appropriate place for transport and travel safely to the destination
|C – Semi-Independent
The student is supervised while waiting at the appropriate place for transport. Once on board, the student can travel unaccompanied but may be met at the destination by a responsible person. The driver may assist the student to alight at the destination.
|D – Travel Assisted
The student can travel only when accompanied by a responsible adult.
|E – Dependent
The student is not able to use buses, ferries or trains to travel, because of their disability, but can travel in a vehicle that does not require modification.
|F – Most Dependent
The student has a severe physical disability and can only travel in a special purpose vehicle (such as a private motor vehicle that has been modified to accommodate the student’s travel needs), or a Maxi taxi or mini bus.
Click here to view these ratings in a separate web page.
or meet exceptional circumstances eligibility ...
This exceptional circumstances category is designed to cover students who may have a serious condition or disability not covered in the impairment categories and have transport needs like those outlined above. They must have their medical condition confirmed in writing by a medical practitioner. These could include, but are not limited to, anorexia, cystic fibrosis, broken limbs or recovery from surgery. This support would be for a specified period of time, as defined in the medical practitioner’s report.
be a Queensland resident
This Scheme is only available to residents of Queensland.
Residents of New South Wales (NSW) may apply to the NSW Department responsible for Transport given inter-state cross border agreements.
and meet other criteria as outlined in our Students With Disability (SWD) Guidelines.
Please discuss all of the above with the learning support staff who are involved in these processes at your school. If you think your student may be eligible, review the information below and apply. Many parents/carers of Students With Disability receive an allowance for students to travel by car, bus, ferry and/or rail.
If a Taxi transports your student to a non-state school, we recommend you apply for the Queensland Government’s Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) as well as our Scheme to receive the maximum financial assistance available to you. A TSS application will need to be submitted in your child’s name. For information regarding the TSS, please search online for ‘taxi subsidy qld’ in your web browser.
Travel assistance with Taxis through our Scheme (above the allowance paid for car travel) is limited to students with a Travel Capability Rating of E or F - check what rating your student is with the learning support staff at your school.
If you have only one student eligible under both Students With Disability (SWD) and Bus Fare Assistance Program (BFAP) ....
Apply only for SWD travel assistance as this ensures you receive the maximum rebate.
If you have several students in your family and some are eligible under Students With Disability (SWD) and Bus Fare Assistance Program (BFAP) ....
You may wish to contact us before applying so we can help you determine which program(s) (BFAP and/or SWD) best suit your family.
This Scheme pays for one car journey to and from the SWD’s school attended (or public transport pick up point) – irrespective of the number of students in the car.
If all the students travel by BFAP eligible bus (and no SWD car journey is involved), complete one BFAP application if your BFAP students’ fares are above the threshold. If in doubt, complete one SWD application for the SWD students and one BFAP application for the non-SWD students.
Separate payments are made for each application type.
To check your eligibility under the Bus Fare Assistance Program (BFAP) for students NOT eligible under SWD, click here.
To ensure you receive the maximum benefit possible through the two school transport assistance Schemes, please also check with your local Department of Transport & Main Roads (DTMR) School Transport office:
If your student catches a bus, ask if they should be catching a particular "contracted bus service", to be eligible under
- the DTMR School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) and/or
- our Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS)
Also ask the DTMR if their Scheme can give you other help directly with:
- Safety-Net - if you hold a DVA or Centrelink Concession Card,
- Train/rail travel assistance – if applicable, and
- Isolated assistance – if applicable.
Click here for the phone number of your nearest DTMR School Transport office or, phone 13 QGOV (13 7468) and ask for your local School Transport office. More information at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/SchoolTransport.
SWD applicants are asked not to apply to DTMR for Conveyance Allowance (driving to a bus stop or school) as this is already covered through our Scheme when you apply with us (NSSTAS).
They may suggest you phone us, but there is no need as we only accept online applications on this website.
Click here to read the Students With Disability Guidelines.
Please check what assistance is available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at www.ndis.gov.au