College Bus Network.

Important Bus Network Review Information:

On 17 December 2015 the Department of Education issued the following changes to the school bus program.

  1. Eligible students continue to be provided free travel to their nearest appropriate school.
  2. Replacement of the complicated distance based fares, replaced with a single flat rate fare for ineligible travellers.
  3. The fare rate for 2017 will be a flat rate of $480 per year ($120 per term).

(This rate is across the board and unfortunately does not allow for part time travellers)

All students wishing to travel either casually or daily must contact the Bus coordinator before travel. Their request must be accompanied by written parental permission for the change in normal travel arrangements.

  • Students are reminded to wait at the stop a safe distance from the road in clear view for the approaching driver to stop safely. Students are not to wait inside parents’ vehicles as the bus drivers will not see that a student is waiting and will not stop.
  • Students must be at their stops 10 minutes before scheduled time on the Bus Timetable.
  • All new travellers: if you have not received a bus pass or the bus marked on the pass appears to be incorrect please contact the college
  • Payments per term are determined by PTV and are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Diamond Valley College Bus Network?

The Diamond Valley College Bus Network consists of 9 Buses which pick up and drop off students from areas such as St Andrews, Smiths Gully, Hurstbridge, Panton Hill, Strathewen, Nutfield, Cottlesbridge, Arthurs Creek, Kangaroo Ground, Watsons Creek, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Kinglake, Yarrambat, Doreen, Eltham, Eltham North, Research, Wattle Glen, Diamond Creek and Greensborough . Students are dropped off at the College Bus Bay by 8.35am each morning and the buses depart the college at 3.15pm each afternoon. The bus bays are situated, kerbside, directly in front of the college.

How does my child know where to catch the bus?

Bus timetables are available detailing the bus stops. The timetables include a Map reference and time for each stop. It is advised that students arrive at least 10 minutes before the Bus is due to arrive at their stop. Teachers are on duty, morning and afternoon, at the College bus bay.

PARENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT WHILE EVERY ENDEAVOUR IS MADE TO ALLOCATE SEATING ON A REQUESTED BUS, IN THE EVENT OF OVERCROWDING STUDENTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO CHANGE BUS TO ENABLE THEM TO TRAVEL SAFELY.

What if my child wants to visit a friend who travels on the bus?

Students requesting to use the bus service on an irregular basis to visit friends etc. must bring a note and seek permission from the Bus Coordinator the day prior to intended travel. If space is available, a day pass will be provided at a cost of $2.00. Bus travellers wishing to visit a friend must also bring a note to the Bus Co-ordinator and obtain a day pass for the bus required.

What type of bus pass does my child need to carry?

All Diamond Valley College Bus travellers must carry a valid ID Bus Pass. A bus pass is valid only if the appropriate applications and payments have been made each year. Fare paying travellers must present their Bus Pass together with their Payment Card to the driver before boarding a bus. Diamond Valley College Bus Pass ID photographs will be taken on the school photographs day in February each year. The cost of a new laminated pass is $5.00. Non Diamond Valley College students must obtain, from the college, either a laminated bus pass valid for one year (free travellers) or a bus pass/payment card valid for one term (fare paying travellers). All passes remain the property of the college. Parents of students who do not have a valid bus pass will need to make alternative travel arrangements.

How do I apply for my child to use the bus network?

All students, including casual travellers, intending to use the Diamond Valley College Bus System must complete a yearly application (one per family) and return the application to the Diamond Valley College Bus Coordinator by the in August. New travellers and travellers with Bus ID Passes expiring in February must include Bus ID pass payment with the application. Fare paying travellers must complete an application each semester and return with payment.

What happens if my child loses his/her pass?

Your child may travel on the bus to the college. They must then come and see the Bus Co-ordinator to arrange for a new pass to be ordered. They will be given a temporary pass to be used until the new pass arrives.

How much does it cost to use the bus network?

Free travel is available to all students attending their closest government school and who reside more than 4.8km (by shortest practicable route) from that school.

Can my child use the bus if they do not qualify for free travel?

If seats are available these may be allocated to fare-paying travellers. Fare-paying travellers must include payments per term with the application but ongoing travel is subject to spare seat capacity and ongoing fare payment. Those ineligible for free travel must make application with payment per term. Once payment and application is received, those applicants will be notified if travel is available.

What if my child is not a DVC student?

Applications to travel are available to download from the DVC website, but must be returned with payment to your own school. Priority is given to DVC students, with spare seats only being allocated term by term on a first come, first served basis to other travellers. Seats are only allocated once payment has been forwarded to DVC by the school concerned.

What other conditions of travel apply?

All bus travellers, whether they are College students or not, must adhere to the College’s Conditions of Travel and the College Code of Conduct. Students and parents applying for bus travel must sign their acceptance of these conditions, which include carrying and presenting the correct pass and payment card (if appropriate), obeying the bus driver, bus captains and supervising teachers, behaving safely at all times, and setting an appropriate example to younger students.

What if I still have unanswered questions?

Please contact the Diamond Valley College Bus Coordinator on 9438 1411 or send an email to diamond.valley.co@edumail.vic.gov.au