Warrah School Student Still Has Travel Problems

22 February 2012

Hills Shire Times 22 Feb 12 @ 09:00am by LAURA TRIESTE WHILE Lara McDaniel is finally getting to school now her bus trip can take twice the time it once did. The autistic student from Warrah School at Dural was one of the 740 children affected by the Education Department’s failure to finalise contracts for […]

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Disabled Children Pay The Price as School Bus Dodges Tolls

18 February 2012

Sydney Morning Herald Anna Patty February 18, 2012   SOME children with disabilities are spending up to four hours commuting to and from school because transport operators are taking longer routes to avoid paying road tolls. Francesca Fredericks said that her son Oscar, 6, who has autism, spent up to two hours on the bus […]

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ASTP Questions Without Notice, Page 8453

16 February 2012

Assisted School Travel Program Parliament of New South Wales Speakers                  Speaker; Tebbutt Ms Carmel; Piccoli Mr Adrian Business                   Questions Without Notice, QWN ASSISTED SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM Page: 8453 Ms CARMEL TEBBUTT: My question is directed to the Minister for Education. How long will parents of children with disabilities have to wait to be reimbursed the […]

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ASTP Questions Without Notice, Page 8451

16 February 2012

Assisted School Travel Program Parliament of New South Wales Speakers                  Speaker; Robertson Mr John; Piccoli Mr Adrian Business                   Questions Without Notice, QWN ASSISTED SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM Page: 8451 Mr JOHN ROBERTSON: My question is addressed to the Minister for Education. Will the Minister explain why parents have not been contacted about the consequences of defects […]

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ASTP Questions Without Notice, Page 8449

16 February 2012

Assisted School Travel Program Parliament of New South Wales Speakers                  Speaker; Tebbutt Ms Carmel; Piccoli Mr Adrian Business                   Questions Without Notice, QWN ASSISTED SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM Page: 8449 Ms CARMEL TEBBUTT: I direct my question to the Minister for Education. Yesterday two children with intellectual disabilities travelling without an escort were lost by their driver. […]

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ASTP Questions Without Notice, Page 8447

16 February 2012

Assisted School Travel Program Parliament of New South Wales Speakers                   Speaker; Robertson Mr John; Piccoli Mr Adrian Business                   Questions Without Notice, QWN ASSISTED SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM Page: 8447 Mr JOHN ROBERTSON: My question is directed to the Minister for Education. In light of revelations that he received a house note in October, and correspondence from […]

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Senior Bureaucrats Stood Down Over Disabled Travel Fiasco

11 February 2012

Sydney Morning Herald Anna Patty February 11, 2012   TWO senior bureaucrats have been stood down after ”telling the minister what they thought he wanted to hear” before 700 students with disabilities were left stranded without transport to school last week. The officers were stood down without pay from their positions yesterday pending disciplinary action […]

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Action Taken on Boston Report Recommendations

10 February 2012

NSW Education Department Media release 10 February 2012 The Director-General, Department of Education and Communities, Dr. Michele Bruniges, today appointed a former Deputy Director-General of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mr. Chris Raper, to drive the administrative and management recommendations of the Boston report into the Assisted School Travel Program. “Mr Raper has […]

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Boston Report Recommendations Accepted

10 February 2012

NSW Education Department Media release 10 February 2012   NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said today the NSW Government would accept all the recommendations of the Boston report into the Assisted School Travel Program. Dr Ken Boston handed his report to the Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet this morning and has briefed […]

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Two Stood Down Over Disability Service Bungle

10 February 2012

  The NSW Government has fired two Education Department officials over a stuff up in the Assisted School Travel Program which left disabled children stranded on the first day of school.

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Report Savages Officials Over School Bus Fiasco

10 February 2012

By NSW political reporter Liz Foschia, ABC February 10, 2012, 12:04 pm New South Wales Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has escaped censure in a report examining why hundreds of disabled students were left stranded at the beginning of the 2012 school year. Premier Barry O’Farrell asked former Education Department head Ken Boston last week to […]

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Disabled Girl Left On Her Own On Bus During Seizure

08 February 2012

Evelyn Yamine The Daily Telegraph February 08, 2012 12:00AM A YOUNG disabled girl turned blue and almost suffocated during a seizure after she was left to travel unaccompanied on a bus in the latest chapter of the state government’s bungled school transport debacle. An investigation is under way to discover why an escort or carer […]

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Hard School But Someone Has to Pay For This Transport Debacle

08 February 2012

Maralyn Parker Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 06:19pm   What an inglorious start to the school year for NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, and his Director General, Michele Bruniges. This is the first time they have faced the beginning of a school year in their new jobs and it has been disastrous. They have presided […]

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Poor Pay Rates Anger School Drivers

08 February 2012

BY ALEXANDRA PLEFFER 08 Feb, 2012 01:00 AM A GROUP of Campbelltown and Camden drivers has blamed the state government for last week’s blunder which left hundreds of disabled students stranded. Last Monday, 740 students across NSW were left without a lift to school because of a dispute over new contracts for operators in the […]

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Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP) Update

05 February 2012

NSW Education Department Media release 5th  February 2012   NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said today that the Department of Education has worked over the weekend to put in place travel arrangements for students who were affected by last week’s disruptions to the Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP). “The disruption to students with disability […]

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These problems were totally UNEXPECTED

05 February 2012

Help for families affected by student transport program disruption 5 February 2012 NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced an Emergency Parent Hotline for families who may be affected by disruptions to the Department of Education and Communities’ Assisted Student Travel Program [ASTP]. If a travel provider does not arrive to collect a student […]

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Assisted School Travel Program Transports More Students

02 February 2012

NSW Education Department Media release 2nd  February 2012 The number of students being moved between home and school under the Assisted School Travel Program continues to increase, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced today. “From the 220 students waiting to be provided with transport yesterday, the number has now been cut to around 160,” Mr Piccoli […]

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Wall of Silence over NSW School Disabled Travel Farce

02 February 2012

Evelyn Yamine The Daily Telegraph February 02, 2012 12:00AM   3 comments EVON Rotondo spent three hours in peak-hour traffic yesterday, battling to get two disabled students to school. The driver with the assisted school travel program then headed home to pick up her own son, 14-year-old Andrew – who is in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy – […]

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Hard Lessons Ahead for Education Minister Adrian Piccoli

02 February 2012

Andrew Clennell The Daily Telegraph February 02, 2012 12:00AM 3 comments EDUCATION Minister Adrian Piccoli’s job is on the line after Premier Barry O’Farrell said he could be axed over revelations he failed to act on warnings that the disabled school transport program was in trouble. Asked yesterday if Mr Piccoli would be “in the […]

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Assisted School Travel Program – Update

01 February 2012

NSW Education Department Media release 1st  February 2012 Increased pay rates for some drivers under the Assisted School Travel Program have significantly reduced the number of students affected by disruption to the program, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced today.” “To address contract issues between drivers and the Department of Education and Communities, the NSW Government […]

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Fix This Mess

01 February 2012

BELINDA-JANE DAVIS 01 Feb, 2012 04:00 AM On the day Premier Barry O’Farrell visited Vacy Public School to present books to students, an Abermain father has rejected his offer of an inquiry into the bungle that has left more than 50 Maitland students with disabilities stranded this week. Jarratt Rebb challenged Mr O’Farrell to “stop […]

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Assisted School Travel Program

31 January 2012

NSW Education Department Media release 31st  January 2012 Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced that contract issues between the Department of Education and Communities and transport providers that have disrupted the Assisted School Travel Program are being resolved. “The disturbance and distress caused to many students with disability covered by the program and their […]

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Government Announces School Travel Inquiry

31 January 2012

Education Department News Site 31 January 2012 NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has announced former director-general of education Dr Ken Boston AO will head an inquiry into the Assisted School Travel Program. The move follows last-minute disruptions to the program, which helps students with a disability access school transport. Unexpected problems with new contractual arrangements have […]

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Disabled Pupils Unable To Get To School

31 January 2012

An inquiry has been announced into problems that have left hundreds of disabled students in New South Wales stranded without transport for a second day running. The first day of the 2012 NSW school year yesterday was a debacle for more than 700 disabled students, after a number of bus contractors withdrew their services due […]

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Bus Bungle Leaves Disabled Children in Limbo

30 January 2012

Evelyn Yamine The Daily Telegraph January 30, 2012 10:02PM 55 comments MORE than 700 disabled and special needs children were left stranded without transport to school yesterday after the government failed to finalise contracts. The inexcusable bus bungle occurred despite the education minister being made aware of the issue a week ago. Premier Barry O’Farrell […]

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Back to school bungle

30 January 2012

Uploaded by 7NEWS on Jan 30, 2012 The New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has apologised for what he admits was a stuff up in arranging back to school transport for disabled students.

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Disabled students left waiting after bus bungle

30 January 2012

Uploaded by NewsOnABC on Jan 30, 2012 Hundreds of NSW school students with disabilities were left at home on the first day of class after specialist bus services cancelled some of their routes.

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Disability Partnership

24 January 2012

24 January 2012 Students with a disability will be the beneficiaries of a new partnership between the state and federal governments, which includes additional training for teachers. New South Wales became the first state to sign the national partnership with the Commonwealth to build the capability of NSW public schools to better support students with […]

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The Supreme Court Decision

05 September 2011

Medium Neutral Citation TEAMCARD PTY LTD v STATE OF NSW [2011] NSWSC 1008 Hearing Dates 14 February 2011 Decision Date 05/09/2011 Jurisdiction Common Law Before RS HULME J Decision (i) The summons is dismissed. (ii) The Plaintiffs are to pay the Defendants’ costs. Catchwords Public passenger service – Taxi-cab service Legislation Cited Passenger Transport Act […]

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Taxi Council Forces Delay to Disability Service Tenders

22 December 2010

Sydney Morning Herald Jacob Saulwick and Anna Patty December 22, 2010 THE powerful NSW Taxi Council has won the first bout of a fight with the Education Department over how much it should cost to take disabled children to and from school. The department spends about $70 million a year on the assisted school travel […]

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