- If the transport provider charges more than the fare set out in the School Transport Maximum Cash Fare Schedule (STMCFS), NSSTAS will only pay you up to that Schedule's maximum fare (less your family weekly threshold for Bus Fare Assistance). In summary, you will receive a part rebate from NSSTAS for the fares you pay (less the weekly family BFAP threshold, and less any excess above the STMCFS the transport provider charges you).
- For a student travelling on a Translink service or other service with discounted fares, the rebate we pay you is based on Go Card concession fares or discounted fares (depending on the average weekly number of trips the student catches the service).
- For a student travelling on a single/return/pay-as-you-go ticketed service, the rebate we pay you is based on the average weekly number of trips the student catches the service.
- For a student travelling on a Weekly, Monthly, Term, Semester or Annual ticketed service, the rebate we pay you is based on the average weekly number of trips the student catches the service when we apply the STMCFS to cap your fares:
||Weekly fare we assess is zero
||Weekly fare we assess is calculated on 2 trips per week
||Weekly fare we assess is calculated on 5 trips per week
||Weekly fare we assess is calculated on the weekly rate of the ticket type purchased
- Boarding school students make a minimum of two journeys each week - one journey to and one journey from school each week. For example, a student may travel by bus to school on Sunday and return home by bus on Friday after school. The parent/applicant will receive a rebate calculated on two trips per week, utilising the DTMR issued STMCFS.
- Other criteria as outlined in our Students With Disability Guidelines and Bus Fare Assistance Program Guidelines.
To avoid disappointment in regards to the rebate we pay you, you are encouraged to purchase the most economical ticket type for your family.
You can estimate the amount of BFAP rebate we pay you. It will be approximately equal to the following calculation:
(Sum of average weekly fares for your students - Weekly family threshold) x
Weeks in semester - Adjustments
- Absence from school and other times not using public transport
- Fares in excess of the applicable rate, i.e.
- The TRANSLink.com.au fares for Go Card Concessions (NOT Adult) including discounts;
- Or the cheapest student fare set by your transport provider (if not TRANSLink);
- Or for standard kilometre based services, the School Transport Maximum Cash Fare Schedule (set by the Qld Department of Transport and available from their website).
Note: The weekly family threshold is zero for SWD applications.
Regarding weeks in semester: Your school website should tell you how many weeks there are in the Semester and the Term dates within that. Semester 2 is usually shorter than Semester 1, because in Term 4 (at the end of the year) Year 10 and 11 students usually finish one week earlier, and Year 12 students usually finish two weeks earlier.
Note: Information from sources such as Schools, Bus Companies, Department of Transport and other government agencies is used to cross check the information in your application. Inconsistencies may result in your payment being delayed until we can verify your data. It is important to be as accurate as possible.