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EASIER INTERSTATE TRANSPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY
Students with a disability living on the NSW border will have more options when it comes to transport to schools in the ACT, Victoria or Queensland, under a new NSW Government initiative.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Member of the Legislative Council Matthew Mason-Cox today announced a new simplified assisted travel application process, to help parents who have enrolled their children at cross-border schools.
“Many families in the Monaro either work or send their children to schools in the ACT and the last thing they need is more red tape and paperwork,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This new initiative from the NSW Government will make sure families with children who have disabilities have one less thing to worry about when it comes to interstate transport options.”
Ms Mitchell said the Government will now consider applications for cross-border transportation for students with a disability as though they are for transport to a NSW non-government specialist school.
“Previously, the NSW Department of Education Assisted School Travel Program considered applications of these kinds as outside their guidelines, which we needed to change,” Ms Mitchell said.
“We know how crucial – and for some families, difficult – it is to decide on a school that is appropriate for a child’s needs, so this is an initiative that will make the whole process simpler.”
Mr Mason-Cox said the change corrected a long-standing cross-border anomaly, which affected families with disabled children who attended interstate schools.
“This practical initiative will literally save parents or carers of disabled children hours of travel time each and every school day,” he said.
“It will lift a real burden from the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in our state.”
Parents wishing to apply for free cross-border assisted travel for their child in 2020 should do so before the end of the 2019 school year through the interstate school their child will be enrolled.
For more information, visit www.education.nsw.gov.au.