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Conveyance Allowance Information

Conveyance Allowance Car Travel Information

Why is there a Conveyance Allowance Scheme?

The Conveyance Allowance Scheme helps to meet some of the cost families face to transport their child from home to school or college as they live in an area not serviced by an urban bus service.

What is Conveyance Allowance?

It is a payment for eligible families to help with part of the cost to transport their child from home, to the school or bus stop, by private car.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, a child must meet each of the following:

  • be school aged (turning between the ages of 5 and 18 in the year of application)  
  • be enrolled:    
    • for the full year, in full time education (Kindergarten is considered full time education) at a school recognised by the Department of Education, or      
    • in the “Transition to School” program      
  • live outside an area with an urban bus service, and more than 5 kilometres from the nearest Government home area or educationally appropriate school or bus stop, and  
  • be transported to school or bus stop in a private car.  

What is the amount of Conveyance Allowance?

The payment is calculated individually for each eligible family.  It is calculated using the number of days in each term, multiplied by the distance travelled and then by the Conveyance Allowance rate (28 cents per kilometre for the 2017 school year).

The distance travelled is determined by the most direct route on public roads from the child’s primary home address (during school terms) to the closest:

  • Government home area school, or bus stop servicing that school, or  
  • educationally appropriate school, or bus stop servicing that school.  

It is paid in two payments, the:

  • first is made in June, and the  
  • second is made in December.  

When to apply?

Applications must be received by 15 May in the year of application to be assessed for the full school year.

Applications received after 15 May in the year of application will only be assessed for terms 3 and 4.

No applications will be accepted after 15 November in the year of application for that school year.

A new application is required every school year.

How to apply?

The 2017 Conveyance Allowance form is no longer available.  Applications for the 2017 school year are no longer accepted.

Applications for the 2018 school year must use the  2018 Conveyance Allowance Form. This form will be available from 4 January 2018.

A new application is required each school year, using the form that is issued for that school year.  If an application is not made on the current version, a new application form will need to be completed.

How to complete the form?

When completing the Conveyance Allowance car travel application form, it must include:

  • the travel details for each child, for each school day, and    
  • a letter from the school (which the child is attending) stating the child’s full name, date of birth, home address and confirmation of enrolment at that school.  

If the application includes a child who has not previously been approved for Conveyance Allowance, changes school, or changes address, the following must be attached to the form:

  • a map showing the most direct route on public roads from the child’s primary home address during school terms to the school at which they are enrolled or bus stop to access that school.  

How to complete the form if the child is travelling beyond the closest Government home area school?

 

Evidence Required

If the child is:        

  • travelling beyond the closest Government home area school or bus stop servicing that school, as they are enrolled at an educationally appropriate school to meet   their needs, and
  • it is their first application or you have been asked by the Department of State Growth

Confirmation by the Learning Service Office at the Department of Education that the school of enrolment is the closest educationally appropriate school to meet the child’s education needs, why it is the best equipped school to meet the student’s needs, and details on why the closest school and any schools between the student’s home and the chosen school are not appropriate to cater for the student’s need

If the child has a disability and is unable to use public transport

A letter from the child’s medical practitioner stating that the child has a physical or mental disability preventing them from using public transport

If there is another reason that applies

Ring Passenger Transport on 6166 3350 for individual advice

How to submit a Conveyance Allowance application?

Send the form and any supporting evidence via:

How is an application assessed?

An application is assessed to ensure that each child listed in the application meets the eligibility criteria.  This includes checking evidence provided with the application, along with other information that we have available to us, for example:

  • the child’s enrolment at school through the Department of Education and/or the school in which the child is enrolled  
  • information contained in the register of driver licensing and vehicle registration  
  • information available to the Department of State Growth  
  • issue of a Student Bus Pass, and  
  • records that are in the public domain (telephone book, etc).  

What cross-checks are made before making payment?

It takes time to assess a child’s eligibility and to ensure the correct payment is made thoroughly and consistently.  

To ensure the child continues to be eligible for Conveyance Allowance and the correct amount is paid, we may check:

  • the child’s attendance/enrolment at school through the school and/or the Department of Education  
  • the child is travelling to school from home, or vice versa, on the days nominated in the application  
  • the child’s home address matches the address on the application  
  • the most direct route on public roads  
  • the child’s Student Bus Pass usage  
  • records in the public domain  
  • information that is available to the Department of State Growth, and  
  • information contained in the register of driver licensing and vehicle registration.  

These checks may result in deductions to a payment or recovering overpayment from the family.

How do I notify when circumstances change?

A notification (for example a change of address, bank account details or school enrolment) must be made within 7 days. To notify a change of circumstance, email passenger.transport@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

It is important to let us know when circumstances change as the child may no longer be eligible for Conveyance Allowance, or it may lead to an overpayment.  If an overpayment is made, the overpayment will be recovered.

Conveyance Allowance Air Travel Information

Why is there Conveyance Allowance?

The Conveyance Allowance Scheme helps to meet some of the cost families face to transport their child from home on a Bass Strait Island to school or college on mainland Tasmania or Australia.

What is Conveyance Allowance?

It is a payment for eligible families to help with part of the cost to transport their child from home to the school.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, a child must meet each of the following:

  • be school aged (turning between the ages of 5 and 18 in the year of application)  
  • be enrolled for the full year, in full time education (Kindergarten is considered full time education) at a school recognised by the Department of Education, and  
  • live on a Bass Strait Island.  

A child must also meet one of the following:

  • is in grade 11 or 12, or  
  • needs to attend an educationally appropriate school on mainland Tasmania or Australia.  

What is the amount of Conveyance Allowance?

The payment is equivalent to nine capped return flights and an allowance of $55 for associated ground travel per return trip in a school year.

It is paid in two payments, the:

  • first is made in June, and the  
  • second is made in December.  

When to apply?

Applications must be received by 15 May in the year of application to be assessed for the full school year.

Applications received after 15 May in the year of application will only be assessed for terms 3 and 4.

No applications will be accepted after 15 November in the year of application for that school year.

A new application is required for each school year.

How to apply?

The 2017 Conveyance Allowance air travel application form is no longer available. Applications for the 2017 school year are no longer accepted.

Applications for the 2018 school year must use the 2018 Conveyance Allowance air travel form. This form will be available from 4 January 2018.  

A new application is required each school year, using the form that is issued for that school year. If an application is not made on the current version, a new application form will need to be completed.

How to complete the form?

The application must have attached a letter from the school (which the child is attending) stating the child’s full name, date of birth, home address and confirmation of enrolment at that school.

 

Evidence Required

If the child is enrolled between kindergarten and grade 10

Ring Passenger Transport on 6166 3350 for individual advice

If the child is in grade 11 or 12

A letter of enrolment from the school the child is attending

How to submit a Conveyance Allowance application?

Send the form and any supporting evidence via:

How is an application assessed?

An application is assessed to ensure that each child listed in the application meets the eligibility criteria.  This includes checking evidence provided with the application, along with other information that we have available to us, for example:

  • the child’s enrolment at school through the Department of Education and/or the school in which the child is enrolled  
  • information contained in the register of driver licensing and vehicle registration  
  • information available to the Department of State Growth, and  
  • records that are in the public domain (telephone books etc).  

What cross-checks are made before making payment?

It takes time to assess a child’s eligibility and to ensure the correct payment is made thoroughly and consistently.  

To ensure the child continues to be eligible for Conveyance Allowance and the correct amount is paid, we may check:

  • the child’s attendance/enrolment at school, through the school and/or the Department of Education  
  • the child’s home address matches the address on the application  
  • records in the public domain  
  • information that is available to the Department of State Growth, and  
  • information contained in the register of driver licensing and vehicle registration.  

These checks may result in deductions to a payment or recovering overpayment from the family.

How do I notify when circumstances change?

A notification (for example a change of address, bank account details or school enrolment) must be made within 7 days. To notify a change of circumstance, email passenger.transport@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

It is important to let us know when circumstances change as the child may no longer be eligible for Conveyance Allowance, or it may lead to an overpayment.  If an overpayment is made, the overpayment will be recovered.