School transport: Information for Directly Resourced schools

Find out how school transport funding works for directly resourced schools.

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  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Parents, Caregivers & Whānau

School boards with direct resourcing are paid a quarterly grant to arrange school transport assistance for eligible students. The Ministry is currently not accepting any additional schools into the direct resourcing funding programme.


Directly resourced schools receive transport assistance funding every year. It is paid to school boards quarterly in advance and reviewed every year.

Students at directly resourced schools have to meet the same eligibility criteria as other schools.

Eligibility for school transport assistance

Funding rates

The Ministry establishes the most effective combination of bus routes and individual conveyance allowances to transport the school’s eligible students.

The three components of the funding formula for each route are:

  • a fixed base amount per day
  • a national per kilometre rate for each route
  • a quarterly administration fee.

The following rates apply from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022:

Description Rate

Base rate

Per kilometre rate $3.17
Admin rate (per route) $176.00

How the funding is worked out

The amount the school is paid for each route is calculated as follows:

(Base rate) + (daily kilometres) x (per kilometre rate) x (number of days the route runs)

÷ (4) + ($176 admin rate) + (GST)

Routes and stops

Directly resourced schools (or schools that are part of a directly resourced network) can design their own transport routes as long as they comply with their funding agreement.

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