Application process for bus accreditation
Schools seeking to operate a bus service must by accredited by Safe Transport Victoria. Schools can obtain accreditation by completing the following application process.
Step 1 – complete the application form
Note: The school council is the accredited operator and the principal is the relevant person and responsible person.
Step 2 – gather supporting documentation
- Roadworthy certificate/s for each bus to be operated by the school
- Copy of the for schools
- School principal: an original national police check certificate
- School principal: a copy of one primary ID document (for example, Australian driver’s licence) certified as a true copy or 2 secondary ID documents (for example, Australian birth certificate and utility bill) certified as true copies
- A printed extract from the Australian Business Register of the school council’s (search by school name)
- A list of the names of all members of the school council at the date of the application
Step 3 – submit application form and supporting documentation
Payment of the accreditation fee (an invoice will be sent to the school) will be required once Safe Transport Victoria has received all documents required to proceed with their assessment.
Step 4 – outcome of application
Schools should be notified of the outcome of their application within 3 months, though Safe Transport Victoria may extend the determination if necessary.
Schools wishing to contest the outcome of their application should speak to the Student Transport Unit for further advice.
Step 5 – obtain accredited bus number plates
If approved, schools are required to take their certificate of accreditation to their local VicRoads office for the issue of accredited bus number plates. Refer to the provided by Safe Transport Victoria.
Step 6 – display the accreditation number on the bus
Step 7 – maintaining accreditation status
Reviewed 24 October 2022