Moving Australia


National Travel to Learn and School Bus Summit

The purpose of this Summit was to discuss travel choices to most effectively get students (no matter their age) to primary and secondary schools, TAFES and Universities - in fact, all forms of education.

To look beyond the policy outcome of providing transport services to deliver access to education and broaden the policy basis upon which governments fund these services. To identify what other economic, environmental and societal benefits there are if we get “travel to learn” transport services right.

With the realities and challenges of massive urbanisation and rising population in Australia’s cities and growing regions and access to education in rural and remote Australia upon us, the Summit program tried to address the need need to rethink and re-design the fundamental approach to provision of free or subsidised school services and concessional student travel, looking to the longer term to make “travel to learn” a policy that is about building a public and active transport culture for Australia. To make “travel to learn” policy as much about long term lifestyle travel choices as access to education.

Some of the key questions discussed included:

Some of the key questions discussed were:
  1. Where does school bus travel fit in the total transport network?
  2. Why are school bus networks exclusionary and disparate?
  3. Are our current operating and contracting models right for tomorrow’s needs and are they fair?
  4. What are the barriers to the proliferation of the school bus and what are the impacts of alternative modes on congestion, the environment and our social setting?
  5. Can and should we integrate school bus networks with mainstream public transport networks?


The BIC and the Bus Australia Network give special thanks to our major sponsors of the Summit: Iveco Bus, Mercedes-Benz, Scania Australia and Volvo Bus Australia.

Summit Presentations


Session 1 - The Future of Transport Challenge

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Venera Owens, Senior Manager Education - NRMA

Session 2 - Making schools services more user friendly - do they need to be more mainstream?

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Phillip Boyle, CEO - Phillip Boyle and Associates

Session 3 - Active and Public Transport

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Rohan Greenland, General Manager Advocacy - National Hearth Foundation

Stephen Hodge, Director National Advocacy - We Ride Australia

Session 4 - Educators Perspective on Travel to Learn and School Bus Services - future passengers for life


Panellists included:

  • Michael Nuttall, Executive Director – Australian Primary Principals Association
  • Andrew Turvey, Principal – Karabar High School and Deputy President - NSW Secondary Principals Council
  • Ryan Greer, Head of Senior School and Deputy Headmaster - Marist College Canberra
  • Rosalie Reeves, Head of Primary - Canberra Grammar School

Session 5 - Government Perspective
Travel to Learn and School Bus Travel - creating a single integrated transport network and future passengers for life

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Keynote Address - School Transport and Beyond

Delaney Myers - New Zealand Ministry of Education


Victoria - The future of student transport in Victoria

Peter Nelson, Director Student Transport and Allowance Branch - Victorian Department of Education and Training

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New South Wales - The NSW urban and regional environment

Ross Elson, Director Rural and Regional Service Delivery and Performance – TfNSW

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South Australia - The SA way today and tomorrow

John Scalzi, Acting Executive Director – Department for Education

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Western Australia - Barriers to achieving a single integrated future school bus transport network – The WA experience so far

John Bailly, Manager School Bus Services - Public Transport Authority WA

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Australian Capital Territory

David Snowden, Executive Director Public Transport Operations – Transport Canberra and City Services

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Matthew Longland, Deputy Director General TransLink Division - Department of Transport and Main Roads

Session 6 - Facilitating more effectivetravel to learn and school transport systems - meeting the challenges of the urban and regional task
School bus coordination operations, eligibility, concessions, engagement and roll management.

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What works and what doesn't and how can we improve the systems? - the Queensland perspective

David Tape, Executive Director - Queensland Bus Industry Counciil

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The life and times of a School Bus Coordinator

Josie Caruso, Bendigo School Bus Program (SBP) Administrator – Department of Education

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The future of school bus administration in Victoria

Fiona Xuereb, Manager School Bus Reform - Public Transport Victoria

Session 7 - Shared school and passenger services - opportunity or risk

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Are school bues under utilized?

Matthew Longland, Deputy Director General TransLink Division - Department of Transport and Main Roads

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Shared services, examples and experiences

Stephen Ryan, Director Regional Bus Contracts – Public Transport Victoria

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Does the benefit far outweigh the risk?

Associate Professor Janet Stanley - Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute – The University of Melbourne

Summit Sponsors


Summit Major Sponsors

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