Excursion Support - Transport


  • Vehicles used to transport students must comply with VicRoads registration requirements.
  • Drivers must comply with all licensing requirements.
  • Occupational Health and Safety laws require employers and employees to take all reasonably practicable steps to manage driver fatigue.
  • Equipment carried inside vehicles must be securely stowed and not create a risk of injury or damage.

In circumstances where a teacher or staff member is to drive a vehicle transporting students, particular care should be taken to ensure that they have adequate rest prior to driving.  This is especially the case where the activity includes an overnight component.

VicRoads offers further advice on driver fatigue management and legislation at Fatigue management.

Drivers of vehicles with up to and including 12 seats (including the driver) require a current drivers licence.

Drivers of vehicles with 13 or more seats (including the driver) require a current licence appropriate for the vehicle and must:

Hazardous areas (snowfields)

Buses with a capacity greater than 12 seats entering prescribed hazardous areas must have an annual hazardous areas inspection and a current certificate.  The driver must also hold a current Hazardous Areas Authority and carry the required equipment for hazardous areas.

Further information about requirements for travelling in Victorian Hazardous Areas can be found in the School Policy and Advisory Guide, Transporting Students

Information can also be obtained from VicRoads

Equipment stowage in vehicles

No loose equipment should be carried in the passenger area of a vehicle that could cause injury in the event of a vehicle accident.  Equipment and luggage should be carried and secured as appropriate in trailers, roof racks or behind luggage barriers. VicRoads offers advice on load restraint at Secure your load

More information

See School Policy and Advisory Guide, Transporting Students