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 guides
- Managing safety, behaviour and accidents
- Information for schools
- Information for transport service providers
- School transport contacts
The Ministry of Education provides school transport assistance to help parents overcome barriers to education and meet their responsibility to get their children to school. We 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
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 outline 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.
Draft guide for Māori-medium schools
We’re currently gathering feedback on the draft roles and responsibilities guide for Māori-medium schools.
Please send your feedback to: School.Transport@education.govt.nz by 1 December 2023.
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.
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