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 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.
How to apply for the scheme
Parents/guardians must register their child/children at the beginning of each school year by completing and submitting a Student Registration form (see below) along with a Return Travel Application 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.
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.
- 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 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.
- Student fare refund claims from parents or guardians must be submitted to On-demand Transport no later than one (1) month after the last date of travel on your e-ticket in order to receive a refund. Refunds will not be processed for claims that are not received within this timeframe.
- 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.
Road travel subsidy
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 have to 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
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 (i.e. does not have full-time employment);
- Not be receiving Youth Allowance or AbStudy payments; and
- Live with both parents, or a parent with sole or joint custody, within the Defined Remote Area (DRA). (Students who live with a parent in the same residence where they undertake their education do not qualify)
Tertiary students who have a gap of more than one year in study are not eligible for the Student Subsidised Travel (STS or RTS).
What is the subsidy provided?
The Department of Transport (DoT) currently pays 20c (20.38) per kilometre travelled. For example, if the parent is required to make a 500 km round trip to drop their child/children at school or at a bus stop/airport to board transport, the subsidy would be calculated as below;
- 500 km - 112 km (56 km x 2) = 388 km
- 388 km x 0.2038 = $79.07
How many trips are we entitled to?
- Families are entitled to 8 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?
RTS should only be claimed at the end of the school year when all travel has been undertaken. 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 your application is accepted the total subsidy amount will be paid directly into your bank account.
- If students from more than one family are travelling together, only the parent driving the vehicle may claim the RTS.
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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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