School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS)

 

The Queensland Government provides assistance for eligible students travelling to and from school under the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) (PDF, 3.5MB).

Assistance is available on all TransLink or qconnect bus, ferry, train and tram services, as well as for private vehicle travel.

General eligibility criteria

Students may be eligible for assistance under STAS if they:

  • have parents/guardians who are residents of Queensland
  • attend an approved school on a full-time basis
  • are younger than 19 years of age
  • are seeking transport assistance to and from one address only
  • are travelling more than 1 trip per week.

Once a student is eligible for STAS, there are different types of assistance they can then apply for:

Bus and ferry transport assistance

Students who satisfy the above STAS general eligibility criteria may also be eligible for bus and ferry transport assistance.

In Queensland, there are two types of bus and ferry transport assistance available to eligible students.

Distance based assistance

Distance based assistance is available to students who do not have a state school in their local area.

To be eligible for distance based assistance:

  • primary school students must live more than 3.2 km from the nearest state primary school
  • secondary school students must live more than 4.8 km from the nearest state secondary school
  • non-state school students must live more than the required distances from both the nearest state and non-state school of the type attended.

All measurements are by the shortest trafficable route and are based on the nearest school which offers the required year level.

Safety-net travel assistance

Safety-net travel assistance is available for students who are financially disadvantaged and live close to their nearest state school.

To be eligible for safety-net assistance, students must live under the distances stated for distance based assistance, and be listed as a dependent on the applicant's:

  • Health Care Card issued by the Department of Human Services (or hold their own Health Care Card)
  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card; or
  • be a student placed under a Child Protection Order by the Department of Communities,  Child Safety and Disability Services.

Students must also not be in receipt of any other STAS assistance.

Applications must be in the name of the cardholder and require evidence of eligibility to meet the above safety-net criteria.

The cardholder must sign a certification allowing data matching to occur under Centrelink. Applicants who do not agree to this condition will not be eligible to receive safety-net assistance.

How to apply

Bus and Ferry Travel Assistance distance-based Application (PDF,169KB)

Bus and Ferry Travel Assistance Safety-Net Application (PDF,528KB)

Bus and Ferry Travel Assistance Safety-Net Application for Brisbane Transport (PDF,531KB)

Once an application for assistance is approved, students must contact their relevant bus or ferry operator to be issued with a travel pass.

Not eligible?

All full-time primary and secondary school students are eligible for a 50% concession fare on all TransLink services.

Rail transport assistance

This is available for eligible primary and secondary students who travel to and from school on the Queensland Rail City Network.

Queensland Rail issues two types of passes:

  1. Queensland Rail STAS go card (under trial) – 100% subsidy

    The new Queensland Rail STAS go card replaces the 100% subsidy School Rail Pass which is no longer accepted for school travel services.

    Students receive free travel to and from their approved stations on gazetted state school days from the first service of the day until 7pm.

    Students use their STAS card like a go card and touch on at a card reader at the start and end of each journey.

    At the following times the card converts to a regular go card and can be used to travel anywhere on the TransLink network for a concession fare:

    • after 7pm on weekdays
    • anytime during weekends
    • anytime on public holidays.

    Refer to the full terms and conditions (PDF, 660KB) of use.

    Who is eligible

    Students are eligible for a STAS go card if they:

    • meet the STAS general eligibility criteria; and
    • are listed as a dependant on the applicant's:
      • Health Care Card issued by the Department of Human Services
      • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services Department
      • Development of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card; or
      • are a student placed under a Child Protection Order by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services; and
    • have nominated rail as their school travel mode.

    How to apply

    You will need to complete a School Rail Travel Safety-Net Assistance Application (PDF, 60KB)

  2. Queensland Rail School Rail Pass – 70% subsidy

    The Queensland Rail School Rail Pass provides students with a 70% discount off the adult fare for travel between their approved stations if they are in school uniform or are carrying a valid Queensland student ID.

    The pass can be purchased for either a single semester or a full year.

    The pass is not a go card and students do not need to touch on and off at a card reader to travel.

    Who is eligible

    Primary and secondary school students who travel to school on the Queensland Rail City Network.

    How to apply

    You will need to complete a School Rail Season Ticket application and return the form directly to Queensland Rail.

Students who are not eligible for these passes should purchase a child or concession go card.

Tram G:link transport assistance

Students who satisfy the STAS general eligibility criteria and qualify for safety-net assistance may be eligible for a government-funded rail pass to travel on the G:.

How to apply

G:link School Travel Safety-Net Application (PDF, 239KB)

Applications must be in the name of the cardholder and require evidence of eligibility to meet the above safety-net criteria.

The cardholder must sign a certification allowing data matching to occur under Centrelink. Applicants who do not agree to this condition will not be eligible to receive safety-net assistance.

An information statement (PDF, 63KB) on STAS and G:link is also available.

Not eligible?

All full-time primary and secondary school students are eligible for a 50% concession fare on all TransLink services.

Conveyance allowance

In some areas, parents are required to make private arrangements to transport their students to and from school, or to and from a bus stop or train station. These families may be eligible to apply for conveyance allowance to assist with the cost of this travel if they also meet the STAS general eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for conveyance allowance:

  • primary school students must live more than 3.2 km from the nearest state primary school
  • secondary school students must live more than 4.8 km from the nearest state secondary school
  • non-state school students must live more than the required distances from both the nearest state and non-state school of the type attended.

All measurements are by the shortest trafficable route and are based on the nearest school which offers the required year level.

Conveyance allowance may also be available for students who live outside the Greater Brisbane area and who attend non-state schools regardless of the distance to their nearest state school.  

How to apply

Conveyance Allowance Application Form (PDF, 237KB)

Not eligible?

All full-time primary and secondary school students are eligible for a 50% concession fare on all TransLink and qconnect services.

Drought assistance

Additional conveyance allowance may be available for eligible students who live on a drought declared primary producing property and who qualify for conveyance allowance Class A or C.

To be eligible for drought assistance the property must either be situated in a drought declared shire or be classified as an Individually Droughted Property by the Department of Employment, Economic Development (Land Management).

How to apply

Drought Assistance Form (PDF, 78KB)

Assistance for isolated students

Students who live in isolated parts of Queensland may be eligible for additional assistance under STAS if they:

More information on assistance for isolated students is available in the School Transport Assistance Scheme (PDF 3.5MB)

Assistance for English as a Second Language (ESL) students

ESL students who are enrolled full-time in an ESL course may be eligible for assistance to the nearest ESL facility for 12 months from the original date of enrolment.

How to apply

ESL students should contact their ESL school to apply.

STAS fares

Different School Transport Assistance Scheme fares apply across Queensland.

More information

For more information, contact TransLink or visit one of our divisional office locations or download the STAS guide (PDF, 3.5MB).