School buses: rules and safety

All Northern Territory primary, middle and senior schools students can use the school bus network to travel to and from school.

Parents and carers are not allowed to travel on school buses.

Follow the code

All students travelling on a school bus must follow the code of conduct.

The code is a set of guidelines for students, parents and carers to follow. 

It also includes rules and information for bus operators and drivers.

If you are a parent or carer you must ensure your child is capable of travelling alone on school buses.

Children should be able to identify their own bus stop or drop-off location before they are allowed to travel on the bus. 

You should discuss the code with your child so they clearly understand what they should and should not do when travelling on a school bus.

Read the code of conduct for school bus travel.

Parents and carers should also read road safety information for parents.

Standing in a school bus

For the safety of students, standing in school buses is allowed on certain routes only.

Students should use seats and seatbelts where available.

Sometimes a school bus is full.

When this happens, your child won't be able to board and will have to wait for the next bus if supervised by an adult. 

If your child is not with an adult, the bus driver will remain at the bus stop until a solution is found.

Your child will not be left at a bus stop without supervision.

Read the standing on buses policy for more information.

CCTV cameras on buses and interchanges

CCTV cameras operate on all school buses, bus interchanges and park and ride facilities.

Customer feedback and complaints about CCTV systems can be made by submitting a feedback form on the Department of Transport website.

Contact

For general bus enquiries or feedback call (08) 8924 7666, Monday to Friday, from 6.45am to 4.30pm or submit your feedback online.

Last updated: 16 October 2017