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Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC) subsidy

The Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC) was replaced by the School Drive Subsidy on 17 January 2017. It is no longer possible to apply for the PVC.

If you are currently receiving the PVC subsidy to drive your children to school or to the nearest transport pick up point, you can:

  • choose to stay on the current PVC scheme covering the existing student(s) or
  • switch to the new School Drive Subsidy scheme at any time.

Assuming the school trip doesn't change, payments will continue for all existing students until they leave school or until you need to re-apply because the student is moving up to year 7 at high school or your address or school changes.

If you add any new students, all the students (including existing PVC scheme students) will now go onto the new School Drive Subsidy scheme.

See Terms and conditions (pdf 95KB)

The daily subsidy rates for PVC will remain at 2017 levels in 2018 and beyond.

The PVC subsidy is paid per child, not per vehicle, and on the basis of the distance each day of the one-way journey from home to school or the nearest transport pick-up location. While the subsidy is only paid on the basis of this one-way journey, a return journey has to be made each morning and afternoon to attract the subsidy.

The formula of payment is: (PVC category rate based on kilometres travelled one-way) x (actual school attendance days) = PVC payment.

Kilometre range 2016/2017
0.0 to 1.6 $0.71
1.7 to 8.0 $3.96
8.1 to 16.0 $7.89
16.1 to 24.0 $11.90
24.1 to 32.0 $15.86
32.1 to 40.0 $19.84
40.1 to 48.0 $23.75
48.1 to 56.0 $27.76
56.1 to 64.0 $31.76
64.1 to 72.0 $35.68
72.1 to 80.0 $39.67
80.1 to 90.0 $43.64
90.1 to 100.0 $47.64
100.1 to 110.0 $51.58
110.1 to 120.0 $55.61
120.1 to 130.0 $59.63
130.1 to 140.0 $63.60
140.1 to 150.0 $67.63
150.1 to 160.0 $71.59
160.1 to 170.0 $75.59
170.1 to 180.0 $79.55
180.1 to 190.0 $83.56
190.1 to 200.0 $87.53
200.1 to 210.0 $91.55
210.1 to 220.0 $95.53
220.1 to 230.0 $99.57
230.1 to 240.0 $103.54
240.1 to 250.0 $107.53
250.1 to 260.0 $111.52
260.1 to 270.0 $115.56
270.1 to 280.0 $119.48
280.1 to 290.0 $123.49
290.1 to 300.0 $127.46
300.1 and above $132.41

The School Drive Subsidy compared to the former Private Vehicle Conveyance subsidy

The former Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC) subsidy was based on a model where payments were calculated per 'student', whereas the School Drive Subsidy is calculated 'per school trip' for the whole school run for all students being driven, more closely reflecting real situations for parents and guardians.

Eligibility criteria for the School Drive Subsidy now align closely with those applied for free school passes, eliminating certain anomalies from the PVC scheme.

The School Drive Scheme Subsidy applications and payments processes are also more streamlined.

Download and complete a change of bank details form (pdf 252KB) to update your bank details.

Note: This form is only for existing PVC customers. School Drive Subsidy customers should update their bank details in the School Drive Subsidy Parent Portal