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Private Vehicle Use


The purpose of this policy is to ensure schools meet safety and legal requirements when using private vehicles for official business.


Schools must:

  • not direct staff members to transport other staff, students or equipment
  • ensure private vehicles used meet requirements for insurance and registration
  • avoid use of private vehicles, including those driven by volunteer workers, parents etc whenever possible
  • ensure the approval, safety and legal requirements are met when use of private vehicles is unavoidable


Schools must not direct staff members to transport other staff, students or equipment. Schools must ensure the following requirements are met when use of private vehicles is unavoidable.

Approval, safety and legal requirements

The steps below set out what a principal or principal’s delegate must do when a staff member has volunteered the use of their private vehicle for any official business which may include transporting students.


Principal or principal’s delegate must:

  1. ensure the application form to use a private vehicle on official duty is completed, Refer to Application to use a private vehicle on official duty form (also available on the Resources tab of Travel and Personal Expenses — Teaching Service)
  1. view the current and valid:
    • registration certificate for the vehicle
    • driver’s licence of the driver
  2. ensure compliance with child seat belt/restraint laws, see:
  3. sight the vehicle’s comprehensive insurance policy that includes:
    • liability at law by way of damages no less than $20 million
    • an indemnity to the employer
  4. approve the vehicle for use on duty by signing the Application to use a private vehicle on official duty form
  5. provide written authority to the person in the case that they are approved to receive reimbursement for using their private vehicle which specifies the conditions under which that the vehicle may be used

Further requirements if transporting students

When transporting a small number of students to a school activity in a private vehicle is unavoidable, the principal must ensure that:

  • if the driver is a staff member they are a member of the supervising staff
  • if the driver is not a staff member:
  • parents and/or carers are advised that their child will be transported in a private vehicle and by whom
  • the school keeps accurate records of the students travelling in each vehicle, in case of an accident occurring

Relevant legislation

Policy for Private Vehicle Use (previously called Private Car Use) explaining insurance, safety and other requirements when using own car for work including when transporting students

Reviewed 20 April 2021

Policy last updated

15 June 2020


  • Schools


Operational Policy, School Engagement and Compliance Division

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