Seatbelts on Regional School Buses

In the May 2015 Budget, the Australian Government (the Government) announced that the Seatbelts on Regional School Buses programme would terminate on 30 June 2015.

The programme was introduced by the Government in 2007–08 to encourage voluntary fitment of seatbelts on school buses operating on high speed regional routes. Over its life, the programme has funded the installation of seatbelts on 475 buses across rural and regional Australia. As most state and territory governments have now introduced policies to progressively require seatbelt equipped buses on regional school routes, the Government has determined that there is no longer a priority need for Commonwealth intervention in this area.

The savings from the termination of the programme will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Further Information

Seatbelts on Regional School Buses programme
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Postal: GPO Box 594, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Phone: 1300 725 209
Fax: 02 6245 4278