Some transport buses and activities

The subsidy is available for eligible school buses to fit lap/sash seatbelts and perform any other associated engineering work including wheelchair restraint systems. All work is required to meet the national vehicle standards under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and/or state/territory vehicle modification requirements as applicable.

An eligible bus is a newly manufactured or existing school bus in the operators fleet. It does not include a bus recognised as a coach bus. The bus must be approved by a state/territory government for, and currently used or earmarked for, a contracted state/territory school bus route defined as rural and regional. A newly manufactured school bus must be fitted with integrated seats and lap/sash seatbelts that meet Australian Design Rule (ADR) ADR 68 Occupant Protection in Buses, and be registered with a relevant state/territory transport authority. An existing bus must be intended for retro-fitment of lap/sash seatbelts, and be approved by the state/territory government transport authority. Used buses that are purchased with seatbelts already fitted are not eligible.

Any contracts to purchase buses or undertake retro-fit work must have been entered into after 19 September 2007 to be eligible.

The subsidies will not be available for a bus where the cost of fitting or retro-fitting seatbelts has been met from an existing state/territory program. However, where a state/territory program for seatbelts funds a portion of the total cost of the installation of the belts, an operator may apply for a subsidy for the remaining portion of the cost, including associated engineering work, up to a limit of $25,000.