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Key info

  • A student bus pass provides eligible students with free or discounted travel between home and school.
  • There are 3 types of student bus passes - free travel, free transfer or special circumstances.
  • You cannot apply online for a special circumstances bus pass.
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    About applying for or renewing a student bus pass for free travel

    There are 3 types of student bus passes:

    Free travel pass

    This pass provides free travel between home and school for eligible students on fare-charging services.

    Free transfer pass

    This pass is for eligible students that must use more than one school bus to travel between home and school. The services must charge a fare and be operated by different companies.

    Students pay a fare to the same operator in the morning and afternoon. For example, in the morning, pay a fare on the first trip then travel free on the other(s). In the afternoon, travel free on the first trip(s) and pay a fare on the last trip.

    Special circumstances

    This pass is for eligible adult students on general access services. It provides discounted or free travel for some or all of a journey between home and school.

    How to apply or renew

    OnlineService CentrePostEmail
    Transport ServicesFind your nearest Service CentrePassenger Transport
    GPO Box 1242
    Hobart, TAS 7001
    bus.passes@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

    What you need to apply or renew

    The information you need depends on the type of pass and how you apply:

    Free travel or transfer bus passes

    To apply or renew online you need to:

    If your child has a concession, you need to:

    Please note that a copy of the concession card is needed for children under the age of 16, digital cards are not accepted.

    Free travel or transfer bus passes - applying or renewing at a service centre

    You must bring:

    If your child has a concession, you must bring:

    Please note that a copy of the concession card is needed for children under the age of 16, digital cards are not accepted.

    Applying for a special circumstances pass

    These passes can only be applied for in person at a service centre. You must bring a:

    • completed application form (PDF, 724KB)
    • concession card (if you have one), and
    • letter of support from your school Principal, Assistant Principal or Student Coordinator.

    Please visit Transport Services for more information about what you need included in the letter of support.

    Can I apply or renew?

    Each pass has different requirements.

    Free travel pass

    Your child must be:

    • under 18 or turning 18 in the year of study
    • a full-time student (600+ hours per year), enrolled at an education facility recognised by the Department for Education, Children and Young People.

    Your child must also meet one of the following:

    Free transfer student bus pass

    Your child must be:

    • under 18 or turning 18 in the year of study, and
    • a full-time student (600+ hours per year), enrolled at an education facility recognised by the Department for Education, Children and Young People.

    Your child must also need to use more than one bus to travel between home and school. The buses must be operated by different companies and all charge a fare.

    Special circumstance bus pass

    You must be:

    • aged 18 or older on 1 January in the year of study
    • a full-time student (600+ hours per year) enrolled at an education facility recognised by the Department for Education, Children and Young People, TasTAFE, University of Tasmania or College of English, and
    • studying at a level that is no higher than is offered to any Year 11 or Year 12 student at a senior secondary college.

    You must also have been unable to complete the equivalent of 2 years post year 10 study due to circumstances beyond your control.

    These circumstances could include:

    • you started school later in life
    • your education was interrupted due to disability, illness, family circumstances, frequent changes to school, or other circumstances
    • you need more time to complete training and education because of disability
    • you were enrolled overseas or interstate throughout your education
    • you have humanitarian entrant status.

    Proving your identity

    You do not need to prove your identity.

    How much it costs

    There is no cost associated with this service.

    Payment options

    There is no payment required for this service.

    More Information

    • The Tasmanian Government funds approximately 300 school bus services, delivered by over 100 bus operators state-wide.

    Please visit Transport Services for more information on applying for or renewing a student bus pass for free travel.