Free travel for all students during the transition period
All students who currently use the School Bus Program, along with those who will be new to the program during the transition period, will get free bus travel until the college opens on a single site.
In addition, all government secondary school students who travel on public transport to the college, will have their ticket cost fully covered by the Conveyance Allowance Program until the college opens on a single site.
Understanding the School Bus Program
The School Bus Program is an extensive school bus network that provides travel at no cost to eligible government and non-government students living in rural and regional Victoria.
From 2020, government secondary students in Shepparton who currently access the School Bus Program, along with those new to the program, will have access to free travel on school bus services during the transition period to a single site.
For more information about this program, read the School bus program for rural and regional Victoria
Understanding the Conveyance Allowance Program
The Conveyance Allowance Program provides travel assistance in the form of a conveyance allowance for eligible government and non-government students to assist with the cost of travel to school throughout rural and regional Victoria.
Government secondary students who travel on public transport to their campus of the Greater Shepparton College (interim name) will have the cost of their public transport ticket covered by the Conveyance Allowance Program.
For more information about the program and eligibility, see: Financial help with student transport (conveyance allowance)
Applications for the transport program
Schools have been working with families and students to submit applications for the School Bus Program or the Conveyance Allowance Program.
The applications will support the development of plans and routes, and schools will notify families of student’s bus allocations in Term 4, 2019.
For an example of how to complete these applications, see:
- School Bus Program application form - Completed example
- Conveyance Allowance Program - Completed example
Bus transport arrangements for students are currently being analysed.
All potential bus travellers for 2020 were asked early in Term 3 to confirm whether they will be using bus services next year to assist with this detailed planning work.
The Department will be able to confirm bus arrangements in Term 4, so they are in place for 2020.