Some families are finding the cost of sending their children to school is increasingly unaffordable.
The Greens want to help all students get to school and reduce financial stress for all Victorian families.
Too many Victorian students and their families are experiencing transport disadvantage.
Transport disadvantage refers to any ongoing difficulties with accessing transport, including not being able to afford public transport costs and difficulties associated with accessing private transport, such as car maintenance, insurance, registration and other associated costs.
We know that some students are missing school days because their families simply can’t afford the travel costs.
The Greens will provide FREE public transport on school days for all primary and secondary students in Victoria on trains, trams and buses.
Student cards and school uniforms will be accepted as proof of entitlement to free student transport travel, eliminating the need for an extra cost of a Victorian Public Transport student concession card.
The Greens plan is to ensure:
- All Victorian school children can travel to and from school without having to pay any upfront costs;
- To relieve the financial pressure of those families experiencing transport disadvantage;
- To encourage Victorian school students to use public transport, develop independence and be more active by walking to and from public transport stops; and
- Reduce congestion on the roads.
Free public transport for all Victorian school students will also eliminate students receiving fines for not having sufficient funds on their MYKI cards, which will prevent these young people from being fined and then caught up the justice system, faced with fines that they probably can’t pay.
All Victorian state and federal parliamentarians can apply for free public transport in Victoria. We can afford to provide free public transport for all Victorian school students.