Financial help for isolated students
You may be able to get help with the cost of daily travel for your child to their nearest school if they are disadvantaged by the distance of travel.
The subsidy is available for students at NT-based schools including:
- primary, middle or senior schools
- tertiary education facilities.
Who can apply
To be eligible, you and your child must be permanent residents of the NT.
Your child must also be:
- studying full-time
- living more than 5km from their nearest school or nearest point of access to public transport - unless they can’t travel on public transport due to age restrictions
- taking the most direct route available to and from school.
What trips you can claim
The trip must be for transporting your child to and from school only.
If your child is transported on the way to and from your place of employment, or any other activity, the trip is not considered eligible.
You must undertake 2 return trips per day to transport the student from home to school and return. This includes:
- home to school (applicant drops off student and then returns home)
- home to school (applicant collects student and then applicant and student return home).
What vehicle you can use
The nominated vehicle you use to transport your child must be a private vehicle that you own.
If the vehicle is owned by someone else, you must include a statutory declaration from the owner giving their consent for you to drive the vehicle to transport your child to and from school. You must provide this declaration with each application you make.
The nominated vehicle must be registered with the NT Motor Vehicle Registry for the intended claim period.
How much you can get
The amount you can claim depends on the distance travelled between your home and school
You can claim the conveyance subsidy rate per kilometre (km) for the distance travelled from home to school and return.
This excludes the first 5km from each stage of the trip.
The maximum distance you can claim is 200km per day.
If you have successfully claimed for named students in 2017 and prior years, you can claim the full distance from home to school.
The applicant lives 35km from the nearest school or point of public transport.
Calculate the distance you can claim as per the table below.
|Each trip per day||Distance (km) per trip minus 5km|
|home to school (parent and student)||35km - 5km = 30km|
|school to home (parent returns home)||35km - 5km = 30km|
|home to school (parent travels from home to school)||35km - 5km = 30km|
|school to home (parent and student return home)||35km - 5km = 30km|
You can claim a total distance of 120km per day.
How to apply
You must apply for the subsidy in advance and before you submit a claim.
You need to submit a new application each year.
The application is due by 30 September in the year that you'll be making a claim.
To apply for the subsidy, fill in the application.
You must include the following supporting information with your application:
- a statement of distance travelled
- a map of the journey between home and school
- a copy of each applicant’s drivers licence covering the intended claim period.
Make a claim
If your application is approved, you can make a claim for reimbursement of travel costs.
You must submit the claims to the Department of Education by 31 March following the year of travel.
You'll need to fill in parts 1 and 2 of the claim.
Part 1 - claim form:
Part 2 - travel details:
Completed claim forms must be signed by the school principal or business manager to verify student's attendance.
You must attach a copy of your child’s school attendance record for the period being claimed.
Last updated: 30 September 2022
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