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2024 Bus Information

Welcome to 2024 school year. We ask families to make themselves familiar with the below information regarding students using Surf coast Secondary College (SCSC) school bus services to ensure their children arrive at the College in time to start their day.

SCSC students have multiple bus routes available within our designated neighbourhood area (DNA). These services are controlled by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and are a combination of public services and school bus program services (SBP)provided by McHarry’s, Coles Coaches and Loxton’s Torquay. Parents/carers are reminded it is their responsibility for getting your child to and from school.

SCSC work with the bus services to provide the best and safest options available for students and other road users to ensure students arrive to and from school safely and sometimes this may mean your child needs to travel to the safest bus stop available. We recommend checking the transport options in your area before you enrol in a school.

McHarry’s Bus Information:

McHarry’s service the Torquay, Jan Juc and surrounding areas. Students using the McHarry’s service must carry valid MYKI card or a Geelong Transit Student Pass (TSP) for travel on these services and your child must carry their PTV approved College ID card while travelling on all public transport. Families have the option to purchase half or full year student pass in their area (Geelong) and then may be eligible to claim the DE conveyance allowance reimbursement if they meet the eligibility criteria (see further information below).

Students are required to use their MYKI card and touch on when they get on the bus as they would on a normal public bus service.

To find updated McHarry’s bus routes and further information on school bus services in your local area please check the McHarry’s website HERE and follow the steps below. 

On McHarry’s home page

  1.  Select the School Bus Tab, a drop own will appear, select Find a School Service
  2.  In the search area Select School
  3.  Find and select Surf Coast Secondary College
  4. Move to and Select Suburb
  5. Find and select your suburb
  6. Click on the bottom Search Button and scroll down, this will show results of services in your area.
  7. Select the service you would like (e.g. T7), and this will present you with a download of a PDF timetable/map

If you complete the above and no options are available, or you would like further details on timetables and bus routes please contact McHarry’s directly. All contact information for McHarry’s can be found by clicking on their Contact Us Tab.

SBP Anglesea, Gherang and Surrounds

Surf Coast Secondary College students may also be eligible for the School Bus Program (SBP). We have two (2) services which operate in the Anglesea area and one (1) which services the Gherang area. These buses are part of the SBP and are provided by Coles Coaches (Anglesea) and Loxtons Torquay (Gherang)and are strictly by application only. Timetables and bus routes for both these services are based on a student’s location and will be assigned by the bus service provider accordingly.

To be eligible for these services students must reside more than 4.8km from the College and be attending their closest designated neighbourhood school. Families need to complete an application to travel directly to the College to be considered for a seat on these services and seats are subject to availability.

Conveyance Information

Conveyance Allowance is payable to approved families of Surf Coast Secondary students who reside more than 4.8kms from the college and who are deemed eligible according to the conditions – see eligibility details below.


A student may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance if they:

  • attend their nearest government designated neighbourhood school (DNA)
  • reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from their zoned school.

Note: Eligibility is not determined by the school it is assessed when the school completes your child’s application on the Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS) and is determined by your registered residential address. If approved, the allowance payable is based on the one-way distance to make the journey to and from school.


Can I use online mapping software to calculate the distance from home to school/campus attended?  Online mapping software such as Google Maps and Whereis should be used as a guide only. The Student Conveyance Allowance System (SCAS) used by all schools will test a student’s eligibility thoroughly and consistently. Each school uses SCAS to record details from the conveyance allowance application forms submitted by parents/guardians. Eligibility for an allowance is not normally confirmed until late term 1 when the first claim period on SCAS opens. SCAS assists schools in determining whether the school attended is the student’s nearest (this establishes the student’s eligibility to claim from the school attended). 

No private car allowance is payable if the journey to and from school could be made using a public transport service or contract school bus.


Steps on how to apply for conveyance allowance –

  1. determine if you reside in our DNA (you can check here)
  2. download and complete the applicable application form using the links below
  3. complete and sign the application form
  4. take the application form and your child’s *student ID card to your local train station
  5. purchase your preferred MYKI card
  6. return your completed form along with your MYKI receipt to SCSC before the cut off date and we will lodge this on your behalf for processing

Conveyance Allowance Cut Off Dates

All completed forms need to be returned to SCSC administration office no later than 3pm on the below dates.  Late applications will not be processed until the end of the following term.


TERM 1 – 01/03/2024

TERM 2 – 31/05/2024

TERM 3 – 23/08/2024

TERM 4 – 15/11/2024


*2023 Current Student ID card can be used up until the expiry date. All students who attend photo day will receive an updated student ID card.

If your child does not have a student ID card, you will need to complete an application for a PTV student card.


Click to download the 2024 PTV School Student ID and Student Pass application form

Conveyance Allowance application forms are available below:


Public Transport - McHarry's Services (MYKI Required)


Anglesea / Gherang Travel Application


Private Car Travel


FURTHER INFORMATION regarding the Conveyance Allowance Program

Acknowledgement of Country

Surf Coast Secondary College sits on beautiful Wadawurrung country and we acknowledge the First Nations people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and play on. We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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