This section applies to preschool and school age children age 2 to 16 years.

It is your responsibility to make sure your child attends school. This duty applies to children of compulsory school age attending either mainstream or special school. Compulsory school age starts on the 1 September, 1 January or 1 April after a child’s 5th birthday and ends on the last Friday in June in the school year in which they are 16.

Travel arrangements are an important consideration when you make school preferences as you have responsibility to make sure your child gets to and from school at the appropriate time each day.

In certain circumstances, we provide travel assistance for eligible children to attend their nearest qualifying school but you still have responsibility to apply for this.

In addition to providing travel assistance to children who meet the eligibility criteria, we also provide discretionary travel assistance for certain other categories of children, including preschool children.