Applying for bus and coach operator accreditation

Under the Passenger Transport Act 1990, all operators of public passenger bus services must be accredited, unless otherwise specified by Roads and Maritime Services, to be able to provide services legally in NSW.

The Act provides for a fine of up to $110,000 for any operator who operates a public passenger service without being accredited by Roads and Maritime.

Applying for accreditation

Applicants for accreditation must complete an accredited bus operator training course which accords with the training standards issued by Transport for NSW on 7 April 2006:

  • Simplified copy of Bus Operator Training Standards and Guidelines
  • Copy of Bus Operator Training Standards and Guidelines as published in the Government Gazette

For information on courses approved by Roads and Maritime, please contact the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney via the Bus and Coach Operator Accreditation Scheme online course .

Roads and Maritime may accept other tertiary qualifications in transport and/or business management from recognised tertiary institutions.

For further information contact Roads and Maritime Enrolment Services:

Note: If you operate a regular passenger bus service and a wish to also operate a long distance tourist and charter bus service, you will need to indicate this on your application form.


Bus Operator Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) - introduction

Bus operator accreditation package

Appendix 1

Appendix 1: Form BOAM - 002: Accreditation Application Form

Appendix 2

Appendix 2: Application for Renewal of a Bus Operator Accreditation (3 Years)

Appendix 3

Appendix 3: Sample Bus Operator Accreditation Documentation

Appendix 4

Appendix 4: Notification of Incidents and Accidents

Appendix 5

Appendix 5: Safety Management System (SMS) Guidelines

Appendix 6

Appendix 6: Guidelines Relating to Drug and Alcohol Programs for Bus Operators

Appendix 7

Appendix 7: Runaway Buses Information Procedure

Appendix 8

Appendix 8: Form BOAM - 001: Annual Self Assessment Report (ASAR)

Safety Management System (SMS) Handbook

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