Student subsidised travel
About the scheme
There are two main types of assistance:
- A fares allowance which may be payable to students who live in the defined remote area
- A road travel subsidy payable for students living anywhere within Western Australia.
To be eligible for either type of assistance, students must either be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency visa and meet certain eligibility criteria.
More information is provided in the summary document below.
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Students living in the defined remote area
A fares allowance is provided to those students living within the defined remote area (see map below) but who elect to attend a recognised school, college or university outside the Defined Remote Area.
The Student Subsidised Travel Scheme provides the following travel assistance between home and school by regular passenger transport (air, bus or rail):
- Primary and secondary students with 4 return trips per calendar year.
- First year tertiary students, under 20 years of age, who have not previously accessed the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, to receive 4 return trips per calendar year.
- First year tertiary students, under 20 years of age, who have previously accessed the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, to receive 3 return trips per calendar year.
- All other tertiary students to receive 2 return trips per calendar year.
Free travel is limited to the cost of the fare for the most direct route between home and Perth. Any additional cost must be borne by the parents.
A special exemption is made for students attending agricultural colleges, School of Mines or other approved specialised education centre - these students are subsidised for the full journey.
A fares allowance is also provided to escorts of eligible students who are unable to travel alone due to a disability.
The following students living within the defined remote area are not eligible for the subsidy:
- 26 years of age or older.
- Receiving Youth Allowance (applies to tertiary students only) or is an Abstudy approved boarder.
- If only one parent lives in the Defined Remote Area, and the student primarily resides with a parent in the town/city where he or she attends school/college.
- A tertiary student who has had a gap year (time between secondary & tertiary study) of more than one year.
If you are not eligible for assistance under the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, contact Centrelink for transport assistance information.
Road travel subsidy
Effective: Term 3, 2012
A Road Travel Subsidy (19.98˘/km) may be payable for students who need to travel more than 56 km to:
- the nearest appropriate government school with boarding facilities offering classes in the grade or year in which the students are enrolled; or
- the nearest regular passenger transport or school bus service operating between the student's home and school;
- whichever is the closer.
If, for example, a parent were required to travel a round trip distance of 500 km, the subsidy payable would be calculated on 388 km:
- 500 kms - 112 kms (56 kms x 2) = 388 kms
- 388 kms x 0.1998 cents = $77.52
Parents who are unable to secure a seat on a regular passenger transport service and choose to transport their children in their own vehicle may apply for reimbursement of travel costs. In such cases, the Road Travel Subsidy will not exceed the cost of the approved regular passenger transport fare.
If students from more than one family are travelling together, only the parent operating the vehicle may claim the Road Travel Subsidy. A maximum of 8 round trips per child per year can be claimed.
Claims should only be submitted after the travel has taken place.
For students living in the Defined Remote Area of Western Australia and receiving travel vouchers under the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, each application for Road Travel Subsidy must coincide with an approved trip.
How to apply for air travel
For a student who has never accessed the scheme to be accepted the parent/guardian must complete and submit an Initial Application SSTS1 form (see below) and an Application for travel form.
- Apply for your travel at least one month before your proposed travel date.
- You may need to apply earlier if you will be using a 14-day advance purchase ticket. For a student who has previously accessed the scheme only the Application for travel form is required.
- The application is to be submitted at least one month prior to the first date of travel.
- You may apply earlier if you wish - this would allow you to make an early booking and have seating assured on the airline.
- Application forms must be mailed to the Department.
- Faxed applications for travel will not be accepted.
It is recommended that applications to cover travel for the whole year are lodged at the beginning of the year to allow flexibility and to be more certain of gaining seats on specific flights.
Upon approval of the application, the we will issue a travel voucher, which will be sent to the address provided on the application form. This travel voucher can be exchanged for a ticket.
- For travel by air, the student is entitled to an amount no greater than the minimum 14-day advance purchase ticket for the most direct route between the student's home and Perth.
- The parents/traveller must pay any additional cost.
- If all of the entitlements are not used before the end of the calendar year, they can not be carried over to the next year - unused trips do not accumulate.
- Travel is subject to the availability of bookings with the airline.
- If you choose to book and pay for your trip before applying for free travel, you may apply for reimbursement by sending a copy of your ticket and a completed Return Trip Application SSTS2 form certified by the school, to the Department's Travel Subsidy Officer.
- If a booking is not available for the date specified on the travel voucher, you may change it. However, if you wish to change the travel date by more than one month, you must contact the Department's Travel Subsidy Officer on 1300 660 147.
- If a trip is cancelled, you must notify us immediately so the travel entitlement can be reinstated. Reinstatement of the travel entitlement will depend on the cancellation conditions of the booking.
- The parents/traveller must pay any fees that result from cancelling or changing travel arrangements, or from not booking early enough.
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How to apply for bus or train travel
- Complete an 'Application for Student Subsidised Travel SSTS2' form (below) and have the form certified by the student's school.
An application needs to be made for each single or return journey required.
- Send the completed form to us and we will issue a travel voucher which can be exchanged for a ticket.
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How to apply for road travel
- Complete an 'Application for Road Travel Subsidy form' (below) and have the form certified by the student's school.
- Send the completed form to us for reimbursement.
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Students attending the School of Isolated and Distance Education
The Student Subsidised Travel Scheme entitles students attending the School of Isolated and Distance Education to 3 return journeys to Perth during the 2 years of their post-compulsory study.
Students can receive 1 return trip in Year 11 and up to 2 return trips in Year 12. Students must apply through the School of Isolated and Distance Education for their travel entitlement.
Eligibility for the Scheme is based on satisfying all of the following criteria:
- The student is dependent on their parents (for example, does not have full-time employment)
- The student lives with their parents
- The parents' home is situated within the Defined Remote Area, as determined by the Scheme
- The student must be studying at least 3 subjects with the School of Isolated and Distance Education.
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