Cheaper Bus Fares For Thousands Of Families Across Country Victoria

Thousands of Victorian families accessing the School Bus Program across country Victoria are set to save hundreds of dollars a year in student bus fares, Member for Jaclyn Symes, has announced.

Ms Symes said that the complicated system of bus fares affecting thousands of families in regional Victoria will have a single fare for travel.    Currently, students not attending their closest government or non-government denominational school pay annual bus fares ranging from $480 to $1240, depending on the distance travelled.   From 2016, these students will be able to travel at a reduced rate of $480 per annum.   For example almost 300 (292) students in Echuca will save between $80 and $760. Around 350 (361) students in Warrnambool and another 350 (366) students in Shepparton are expected to also save between $80 and $760.    This is the result of the Andrews Labor Government listening to feedback from families and schools regarding the old complicated ticketing system.   This reduction in fares will enable greater choice in selecting schools and transport options for families and lighten the workload on school administrators.    The improvements announced today do not affect families eligible for free bus travel.    “The reduction of bus fares will be welcomed by thousands of families across country Victoria,” Ms Symes said.

“Not only will it save many of them money, it will allow more families to access the School Bus Program to get to and from school.  “We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”