Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), students with disability may be eligible for Special Needs Transport.
How it works
Special Needs Transport may be available for eligible students:
- from home to the closest appropriate disability education setting located in an ACT public school
- from school to home (or respite or after school care if it is available within the existing transport routes and if there is space on the bus)
Travel aims to be by the shortest route between the student's home and school.
When applying for the Special Needs Transport program, parents, carers or guardians must demonstrate their inability to transport or arrange transport for their children.
- be a registered NDIS participant
- be a resident of the ACT
- attend an ACT public school (not at their PEA school)
- meet the ACT Special Needs Transport guidelines:
- enrolled in a specialist school or learning support unit situated in a high school or primary school setting, or
- the student has a disability affecting mobility requiring the use of a wheelchair, callipers, walking frame or similar specialist transport support, or
- the student is enrolled in a primary school learning support centre.
Exemptions may apply for students who are not eligible for the NDIS because they do not meet Australian residency requirements. These applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
ACT Special Needs Transport Guidelines (PDF 258KB) | Word version (DOC 114KB)
Apply for Special Needs Transport
Complete an Special Needs Transport application, noting waiting lists may apply:
For more information, review the NDIS Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 82KB) | Word version (DOC 40KB) or contact the Special Needs Transport Coordinator on (02) 6205 3555 or email email@example.com.