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Conveyance Allowance Information

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 their school or bus stop, by private car.

Why is there Conveyance Allowance?

Conveyance Allowance is intended to assist families living in isolated areas, where there is no school bus service, to transport their child to school in the morning, and from school in the afternoon.

The allowance recognises that due to Tasmania’s size, it is impractical to run a school bus service within close proximity to every school-aged child’s home in regional Tasmania.

Conveyance Allowance offers eligible families financial assistance to contribute towards the cost to transport their child to the closest school (or bus stop servicing that 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 outside an area with an urban bus service, and more than 5 kilometres from the nearest Government home area school, educationally appropriate school, or bus stop.

How is the amount of Conveyance Allowance determined?

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.

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.

If your child does not attend school for a significant number of school days then the amount of Conveyance Allowance you receive may be reduced by the number of days the child has missed school.

When to apply?

Applications and supporting information 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?

A new application is required each school year, using the form that is issued for that school year.

How to complete the form?

When completing the Conveyance Allowance Car Travel Application, 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, has changed school, or has changed address, the following must be attached to the application:

  • 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 servicing that school.

What if the child is not attending the closest Government home area school or can’t catch a bus?

If the child:

Evidence required to be attached to application:

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.

Information from the Learning Services Office at the Department of Education that the school of enrolment is the closest educationally appropriate school to meet the child’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 child’s needs.

Has a disability or medical condition and is unable to catch a bus.

A report (dated in the year of application) from the child’s medical practitioner or specialist with their medical opinion about the nature of the disability or medical condition, and how it is of a kind that prevents the child using a bus.

How to submit a Conveyance Allowance application?

Send the form and any supporting evidence by:

What cross-checks are made before making payment?

An application is initially assessed to determine if each child listed in the application meets the eligibility criteria.

Before a payment is made, to ensure each child continues to be eligible for Conveyance Allowance and the correct amount is paid, the following may be checked:

  • the child’s enrolment and attendance at school,
  • that the child is travelling to school from home, or vice versa, on the days nominated in the application,
  • that the child’s home address listed on the application matches Department of Education records,
  • the most direct route on public roads,
  • the child’s Student Bus Pass usage,
  • records that are in the public domain,
  • information 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 details change?

A notification (for example a change of address, bank account details or school enrolment) must be made within 7 days.

To notify Passenger Transport of a change of details, go to www.transport.tas.gov.au/student and use the Conveyance Allowance Change of Details form. Submit this form by:

It is important to let us know when details 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.

What if I don’t agree with a decision?

If you do not agree with a decision made regarding your application, you may lodge a written request to have that decision reviewed.

A review will only be conducted if a decision has been made in regards to your application. A review request will not be accepted in circumstances where we have asked you in writing for further information to support your application and you have not provided, or are unable to provide, the supporting information requested.

If lodging a request to review, it is strongly recommended that you submit further information that supports your application. You will be advised in writing of the outcome.

Conveyance Allowance Air Travel Information

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 their school.

Why is there a Conveyance Allowance?

Conveyance Allowance offers eligible families financial assistance to contribute towards the cost to transport their child from home, on a Bass Strait Island, to school or college on mainland Tasmania or Australia.

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, at a school recognised by the Department of Education,
  • live on a Bass Strait Island, and
  • 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.

How is the amount of Conveyance Allowance determined?

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 and supporting information 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?

A new application is required each school year, using the form that is issued for that school year.

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.

If the child is:

Evidence required to be attached to application:

In grade 11 or 12.

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.

Enrolled between kindergarten and grade 10.

Ring Passenger Transport on 1300 135 513 for individual advice.

How to submit a Conveyance Allowance application?

Send the form and any supporting evidence by:

What cross-checks are made before making payment?

An application is initially assessed to determine if each child listed in the application meets the eligibility criteria.

Before a payment is made, to ensure the child continues to be eligible for Conveyance Allowance and the correct amount is paid, the following may be checked:

  • the child’s enrolment and attendance at school,
  • that the child’s home address listed on the application matches Department of Education records,
  • records that are 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 details change?

A notification (for example a change of address, bank account details or school enrolment) must be made within 7 days.

To notify Passenger Transport of a change of details, go to www.transport.tas.gov.au/student and use the Conveyance Allowance Change of Details form. Submit the form by:

It is important to let us know when details 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.

What if I don’t agree with a decision?

If you do not agree with a decision made regarding your application, you may lodge a written request to have that decision reviewed.

A review will only be conducted if a decision has been made in regards to your application. A review request will not be accepted in circumstances where we have asked you in writing for further information to support your application and you have not provided, or are unable to provide, the supporting information requested.

If lodging a request to review, it is strongly recommended that you submit further information that supports your application. You will be advised in writing of the outcome.

Submit a written request to have a decision reviewed to:

Manager Regulations and Concessions
Passenger Transport
Department of State Growth
GPO Box 1242
Hobart  TAS 7001