Student subsidised travel
About the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme (SSTS)
The Student Subsidised Travel Scheme provides travel assistance to school and tertiary students.
There are two main types of assistance:
- A fares allowance which may be payable to students who live in the defined remote area of Western Australia.
- 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.
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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) to assist with the cost of travel between home in the defined remote area and their educational institution.
The Student Subsidised Travel Scheme provides the following travel assistance between home and educational institution by regular passenger transport (air, bus or rail):
- Primary and secondary students may claim four return trips per calendar year.
- First year tertiary students, under 20 years of age, who have not previously accessed the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, may claim four return trips per calendar year.
- First year tertiary students, under 20 years of age, who have previously accessed the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, may claim three return trips per calendar year.
- All other tertiary students may claim two return trips per calendar year.
The fare allowance 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 WA College of Agriculture, WA School of Mines or other approved specialised education centre - these students are subsidised for the full cost of their travel.
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 and 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.
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How to apply for the Student Subsidised Travel Scheme (SSTS)
Parents/guardians must register their child/children at the beginning of each school year by completing and submitting a Student Registration form (see below) to the Department's Travel Subsidy Officer via email.
Travel applications should be received by the Department's Travel Subsidy Officer at least one month before the proposed travel date.
Upon approval of the application, the Department 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.
Travel will not be approved if the first date of travel is more than 3 months in advance. If you wish to book travel more than three months in advance, you may pay for the booking and apply for a refund after the return date. The following conditions apply:
- If you choose to book and pay for your trip before applying for subsidised travel, you may apply for reimbursement by sending a copy of your ticket and a completed Travel Application Form (SSTS2) certified by the school, to the Department's Travel Subsidy Officer via email.
- If you have not previously submitted a refund claim, please ensure you attach a Supplier Creation Form to your application.
- Student fare refund claims must be submitted to the Department's Travel Subsidy Officer via email no later than one (1) month after the last date of travel on the e-ticket in order to receive a refund. Refunds will not be processed for claims that are incomplete and/or not received within this timeframe.
- For travel by air, the student is entitled to an amount no greater than the minimum 14-day advance purchase ticket (including GST) for the most direct route between the student's home and Perth.
- Additional costs such as booking fees, credit card fees and charges for additional baggage will not be reimbursed.
- Travel is subject to the availability of bookings with the airline.
- 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.
- Unused trips do not accumulate. If all of the entitlements are not used before the end of the calendar year, they cannot be carried over to the next year.
If you are unsure your intended travel will meet the requirements of the scheme, please contact us to discuss further via phone 1300 660 147 or email.
How to apply for the Road Travel Subsidy (RTS)
What is the RTS?
The RTS is a subsidy scheme funded by the WA state government that provides travel assistance to parents or guardians of primary, secondary and tertiary students who travel more than 56 km from home to the nearest;
- Appropriate government school with boarding facilities offering classes in the grade or year in which the student is enrolled: or
- Regular passenger transport (bus depot, airport) or school bus service operating between the student's home and school they are attending, whichever is closer.
Who is eligible?
The student must:
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
- Be less than 26 years of age;
- Be dependent upon their parents/guardian (example: does not have full-time employment); and
- Not be receiving Youth Allowance or AbStudy payments.
Tertiary students with a gap of more than one year in study are not eligible for the Student Subsidised Travel (SSTS or RTS).
What is the subsidy provided?
The Department of Transport (DoT) currently pays 20.38 cents per kilometre travelled in excess of 56 km in one direction.
For example, if the distance between home and the school where the child is enrolled is 360 km but the nearest appropriate government school with boarding facilities is 200 km away, the subsidy would be calculated as follows:
- 400 km (round trip) - 112 km (56 km x 2) = 288 km.
- 288 km x $0.2038 = $58.69 subsidy per trip.
How many trips are we entitled to?
- Families are entitled to eight round trips per school year.
- If the student is also registered for the SSTS each claim for RTS should correspond with an approved SSTS travel voucher.
How do we apply?
The RTS should only be claimed at the end of the school year when all travel has been undertaken, unless the RTS claim is in combination with SSTS travel voucher claims.
To claim the RTS you need to complete the Road Travel Subsidy application form. The original form can be forwarded to the Department's Travel Subsidy Office by email via the student's educational institution to confirm the student was enrolled at the time that the travel occurred.
- Only original application forms that have been endorsed by an educational institution will be accepted.
- Road travel claims must be received by the Department by 31 January of each new year. For example, refund claims for 2018 school year must be submitted by 31 January 2019.
- You may be asked to provide evidence the trips occurred on the dates provided e.g. through provision of fuel receipts.
- If students from more than one family are travelling together, only the parent/guardian driving the vehicle may claim the RTS.
If you are unsure your intended travel will meet the requirements of the scheme please contact us to discuss further via phone 1300 660 147 or email.
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Student subsidised travel contacts
|Service Type||Suburb||Business Name||Phone number||Phone number (secondary)||Fax||Pre-booking required||Business Hours||Street address||Postal address||Business Type||Comments|
|Student travel subsidies||East Perth||Road Travel Subsidy, RTS (Student travel subsidies)||1300 660 147||No||Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. (excludes public holidays)||firstname.lastname@example.org||20 Brown Street, East Perth WA 6004||P.O. Box C102, Perth WA 6839||Department of Transport|
|Student travel subsidies||East Perth||Student Subsidised Travel Scheme, SSTS (Student travel subsidies)||1300 660 147||No||Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. (excludes public holidays)||email@example.com||20 Brown Street, East Perth WA 6004||P.O. Box C102, Perth WA 6839||Department of Transport|
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 three return journeys to Perth during the two years of their post-compulsory study.
Students can receive one return trip in Year 11 and up to two 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 three subjects with the School of Isolated and Distance Education.
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