Getting To School
Stay up to date with Opal and ticketing changes for school travel
2020 school travel applications now open
To assist with any enquiries you may receive regarding student travel applications, we have provided some information below.
Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.
Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:
Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.
Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.
Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.
If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails
Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.
Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.
Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.
School travel application endorsements
It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators pay special attention to the information supplied by applicants which come through in the school portal. If the information supplied does not match your records or the student is not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be referred back to the applicant to correct and resubmit.
In the event that school administrators endorse in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.
To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: https://transportnsw.info/contact-us/feedback/passes-concessions-feedback and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.
If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at https://appln.transport.nsw.gov.au/portal/requests/account/school
If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at https://transportnsw.info/contact-us/feedback/passes-concessions-feedback and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.
Updated brochures now online
Brochures are available on the SSTS website under Facts and Brochures at https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/#/usefulFormsAndInformation
Opal One Day Travel Pass Update
As you may be aware TfNSW recently opened the Opal Day Pass to Schools as an option for group travel and excursions.
Schools can purchase multiple passes in one transaction online (sold in multiples of 10). Pricing as at 24 June 2019 is: Child/Youth $9.60 and Adult $19.40.
If you wish to purchase One Day Travel Passes, please visit https://www.opaldaypass.transport.nsw.gov.au/ register your school, select the quantity required and they will be delivered direct to you.
School drive subsidy attendance days now available
For schools with families claiming the School Drive Subsidy (SDS) or Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC), Semester 1 attendance days are now available for entry on the school portal. Should you have any enquiries regarding entitlements or if any of your students are not listed, please contact us at https://transportnsw.info/contact-us/feedback/passes-concessions-feedback and select ‘school drive subsidy/private vehicle conveyance’.