Transport for students with a disability

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The Students with Disabilities Transport Program (SDTP) provides help with travel and transport for eligible students attending specialist and integrated schools. It also helps with the additional costs families may incur.

Attending a specialist or integrated school does not automatically mean a student will be eligible for assistance.  Parent/carer(s) still have primary responsibility for their child’s transport arrangements.

Help available

Travel help may include:

  • a conveyance allowance (a financial contribution towards the cost of travel)
  • access to a travel education program
  • access to a mainstream school bus
  • access to a specialist school transport service
  • an alternative transport solution arranged by the Department.

Students with disabilities who do not attend specialist or integrated schools may be able to access the School Bus Program.


Principals are responsible for collecting and assessing all applications to travel on SDTP services in their network.

To meet the criteria for transport help a student must:

  • meet the criteria for the Program for Students with Disabilities
  • live in the designated transport area of their specialist school
  • be enrolled at the school for three or more days each week
  • be of school age and live in Victoria.
Families can learn more about getting to and from school for students with a disability and search for designated transport areas near to them. 

Application process

Schools accessing the SDTP are responsible for providing eligibility information and application forms to the students and their families.

Applications for travel for the new school year should be received by the end of November of the previous year. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the principal. Information from the travel application is entered into CASES21 and a copy is retained by the school.

Parent/carer(s) must be advised in writing of the outcome of their application as soon as possible. This is to allow parents maximum time to review the choice of school or to make alternative arrangements if their application is unsuccessful.

When approval has been granted, schools must confirm the agreed travel arrangements in writing to parents, including pick-up and drop-off times and bus operator information. The school and family must also complete an individual travel plan for the student.

Specialist schools should discuss with families:

  • the different types of travel help available
  • the responsibilities of parent/carer(s) (see page 26 of Students with Disabilities Transport Program Policy and Procedures below)
  • pick-up and drop-off locations and times
  • any behavioural or medical needs the student has while on the transport service.

Travel educ​ation

The Travel Education Framework helps specialist schools plan and implement a training program that gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to travel independently between home and school on public transport. The framework is for students from late primary to Year 12.

Online learning

The Students with Disabilities Transport Program module helps school and bus staff to understand their roles and responsibilities under the program.

All school staff with SDTP related responsibilities are expected to complete the module annually. It can be accessed through our learning management system, LearnED, which is available through eduPay Employee Self Service.

All SDTP bus drivers and supervisors must complete the module at the beginning of each school year or, for new staff, before their first shift on an SDTP bus service.

All depot and administrative staff with an SDTP related role must also complete the module.

Non-school staff can access the module via Students with Disabilities Transport Program (html - 17.21kb)

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national agency that provides support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The scheme is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency. It will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

Student transport is now under the scope of the NDIS. However, until 2023 student transport will be provided by the Victorian Government as an in-kind service.

Designated Transport Area Search Function 

To meet the criteria for transport help, a student must live in the designated transport area of their specialist school. Designated transport areas (DTAs) are geographic areas established around government specialist or integrated schools to ensure the efficient provision of transport services under the SDTP. 

DTAs are not enrolment zones. Parents/guardians may choose to enrol their child at any school provided the child is eligible for enrolment and there is sufficient capacity at the school.

Schools and parents can search for DTAs on this page: Getting to and from school for students with disability.

Policy and procedures

Application forms

Emergency management guidelines