On this page is information about the College Bus Network, Frequently Asked Questions and Public Transport Options.
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.
- Eligible students continue to be provided free travel to their nearest appropriate school.
- Replacement of the complicated distance based fares, replaced with a single flat rate fare for ineligible travellers.
- The fare rate for 2019 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 is a fee service provided for students to their nearest government school and who reside more than 4.8km (by shortest practicable route) from that school.
Our network consists of 9 Buses which pick up and drop off students from 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, and Diamond Creek. Students are dropped off at the College Bus Bay by 8.30am each morning and the buses depart the college by 3.15pm each afternoon. The bus bays are situated, kerbside, directly in front of the college.
Can my child use the bus if they do not qualify for free travel?
Fare paying students are able to access these services at the discretion of the Principle, the availability of space and payment of fares prior to travel.
Due to the increased number of students travelling from the Doreen area, a PTV service has now been implemented to cover the overflow.
Ongoing travel is subject to spare seat capacity and ongoing fare payment.
How much does it cost to use the bus network?
The cost of travel for fare paying students is capped at $120 per Term.
This fee is set by the Department of Education and Training and the PTV and subject to change.
How does my child know where to catch the bus?
Bus timetables are available via the College website, dvallcoll.vic.edu.au 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. All travellers must present their Bus Pass to the teacher on duty before boarding a bus if requested to do so. Valid bus passes are emailed to the students College email account at the beginning of Term 2 for eligible student and upon receipt of payment for fare paying travellers. Diamond Valley College Bus Pass ID photographs will be taken on the school photographs day in February each year. 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 date requested via the College Newsletter.
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 emailed. They will be given a temporary pass to be used until the new pass is received.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org marked attention Bus Co-ordinator.
Public transport to Diamond Valley College is available. Diamond Valley College, in conjunction with Dyson Bus Group, has a special bus service that runs to complement public bus route 381. This bus services runs in the AM and PM of every school day throughout the Term. Students travelling on this service, need to ensure that they carry an appropriate myki card with adequate funds.