Department of State GrowthTransport

Student only bus services

The Department of State Growth (State Growth) has recontracted school bus operator services on short term contracts that run until the end of the 2019 school year.  A total of 389 contracts were issued to 122 operators.

This decision was made to avoid undue pressure on operators in signing up to new long term contracts and to allow additional time to finalise remaining details of the service and contracting package.  This decision did not affect the implementation of service changes that were planned for the 2019 school year.

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These short term contracts provided for the same terms and conditions as current contracts, but for Rural School Bus contracts they allow for some flexibility in payments so that operators do not receive reduced capital or operating payments directly due to the offering of short-term contracts instead of long term contracts.

Long term (5 year + 5 year) contracts are now expected to start at the beginning of 2020

This process is being undertaken under the Government’s election commitment to re-contract services with incumbent operators (where the service is still required, and performance requirements have been met).

Consultation will continue with school communities and operators as changes occur.

Information updates for operators are included in the Transporter newsletter which is sent out to all contracted bus operators on a quarterly basis.  Past copies of Transporter are available here.

If you would like further information about the review of student bus services contact:

Andrew Mullen
Phone: 6166 4470

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