This directory page provides links and resources to a range of topics related to school transport. They support schools, transport service providers and the wider community to understand the Ministry’s role regarding transport assistance, to meet their health and safety obligations, and more.
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Further reading on these topics is essential as it regards information and mandatory action for board members and transport service providers. Parents, caregivers and whānau may benefit from reading about transport assistance to understand whether their student is eligible.
- School Transport Assistance
- Roles and responsibilities
- Information for schools
- Information for Transport Service Providers (TSPs)
- School transport contacts
School Transport Assistance
The Ministry provides school transport assistance to help parents overcome barriers to education and meet their responsibility to get their children to school. The Ministry may provide assistance where distance and/or accessibility may be a barrier for students attending the closest school they can enrol at.
We deliver school transport assistance via the following:
- Daily school buses
- Technology class school buses
- Conveyance allowance
- Specialised School Transport Assistance (SESTA)
- Direct Resourcing
- Māori Medium Schools
Roles and responsibilities and managing safety, behaviour and accidents on school transport
Delivering our ākonga to school safely and ready to learn involves many parties, who each have an important role to play and responsibilities to meet.
Our Roles and Responsibilities Guides (see below) outlines the roles and responsibilities of the school transport operators, schools, caregivers, students and the Ministry to ensure the successful coordination and delivery of school transport services.
Daily and Technology school bus – Roles and Responsibilities Guide [PDF, 351 KB]
Directly Resourced Schools – Roles and Responsibilities Guide [PDF, 333 KB]
SESTA – Roles and Responsibilities Guide [PDF, 113 KB]
When there is an accident or incident on school transport, it is the driver or transport service provider's (TSP) responsibility to contact emergency services (on 111). The driver will then follow the health and safety guidelines of the transport provider.
Accidents and incidents on school transport
School transport – Safety and behaviour
Information for schools
- Apply for school transport assistance - School Transport Hub (Pokapū Waka Kura)(external link)
- Bus controllers
- Daily school bus route maps
- Directly resourced schools
- Māori-medium schools (English)
- Māori-medium schools (te reo Māori)
- Route design
- Technology school buses
Information for Transport Service Providers (TSPs)
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