In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500


School environments are busy during the morning and afternoon peak periods. The best way to reduce congestion and increase safety in these environments is to encourage more children to use active travel, which includes walking, riding or public transport.

Public transport

Public transport is an easy, safe and convenient mode of transport for school children in the ACT. Travelling by public transport not only helps to alleviate congestion around schools, it is also an excellent way for students to incorporate some incidental exercise into their day.

Active travel programs

Walking, riding or using public transport is the preferred mode of transport to travel to and from schools in Canberra. The following programs are being delivered to support walking and riding to school. You may also like to view our active travel toolkit.

Ride or Walk to School

Ride or Walk to School provides schools with access to Australian curriculum aligned resources to teach safe cycling, teacher training and parental engagement materials to help the whole school community embrace riding and walking to school.

Active Streets for Schools

The Active Streets for Schools program is an extension of the Ride or Walk to School program to make the environment around schools safer to ride, walk, scooter or skate to and from school.

School Crossing Supervisors

School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions. They also help to manage the flow of pedestrians and motorists at the busiest crossings.

It's Your Move Safe Cycle

The It’s Your Move Safe Cycle program for high school students focuses on increasing student confidence to ride and create environments to encourage students to actively travel to school.

More information

Find out more about active travel and public transport for schools.

Free student transport

Some full-time students are eligible for free travel Monday to Friday during the school term under the school transport program.

Students with disability

Students with disability may be eligible for Special Needs Transport (SNT).

Parents travelling on school services

School bus services are available for school students only. Under special circumstances, parents may temporarily travel on a school service with their school child to help them adjust to travelling on a bus. Complete the Short-Term Parent School Bus Travel Application Form (Word 2MB) Short-Term Parent School Bus Travel Application form (PDF) and allow at least 10 working days for a response. Normal fares apply if the application is approved.

Charter buses for school excursions Rural services to ACT schools

Find a rural service for Queanbeyan, Hall, Tidbinbilla, Uriarra, Tharwa, and Majura Road.

If Transport Canberra services are unavailable in your rural area, you may be eligible for a conveyance allowance to reimburse the costs of transporting your child to school or the nearest bus stop.

Schools program

Transport Canberra and City Services’ (TCCS) Schools Program works with stakeholders to deliver active travel initiatives and provides traffic management support to schools. The Schools Program works across government to provide an efficient and effective point of contact for school principals, parents and local residents.

The Schools Program focuses on initiatives that make active travel a safer, more accessible and easier form of transport for children and their parents.

Contact the Schools Program at


Traffic management and road safety around Canberra schools is a matter for everyone in the community. For more information see safety around schools.