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Bus SA school bus safety program receives key funding

Bus SA is celebrating federal government funding to prioritise its school student bus safety education program BusSAFE

State association Bus SA has announced that it has been granted funding under the latest round of Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative projects to grow its BusSAFE program.

Bus SA is one of 12 initiatives funded as part of Round 8 of the program that includes funding for roadside health and wellness screenings, driver training and increasing vulnerable road user safety.

The federal government has poured $3.8 million into this funding, with other recipients of funding including Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds, the Queensland Trucking Association and the Truck Industry Council.

Bus SA’s funding is for its BusSAFE school bus safety program that is helping to educate school children in the state about how to remain safe in and around buses.

“Based on the excellent work already underway in South Australia, supported by the Department for Education, this new funding will enable us to develop BusSAFE into a program for students around the country,” Bus SA says.

“The project is for the development of a bus education training platform and supporting training program aimed at Year 4-9 school students around bus safety.”

Bus SA says the project will deliver an IT platform to deliver BusSAFE nationally, two trials of 75 sessions each in Tasmania and Queensland, a core resource of program materials for Tasmania, Queensland and national usage, as well as a strategic partnership and support program to ensure long-term sustainability.

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