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Bus drivers carry a huge responsibility in our society. Transporting adults and children to and from their work, school, and other important places is an important job.

Many vulnerable people in our society rely on public transport. Children and young people, as well as the elderly and people with disabilities, all rely on safe, reliable and consistent public transport services every day. As a society, we should be able to be trusting in those that are working and driving our buses and coaches.

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) need to make sure that the people that hold a Bus Driver Authority are suitable for the job. The potential for serious injury is just one aspect of safety for people in the public transport industry.

The suitability of a person to obtain a Bus Authority is carried out by assessing the criminal history of every applicant performed by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. This ensures that the safety of all passengers is adequate.

What is an NSW Bus Authority Criminal Record Check?

When a person applies for an NSW Driver Authority Card, they must include a National Criminal History Record Check. This can also be referred to as a National Police Check.

This Criminal Record Check must be performed by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission or other ACIC accredited agencies.

This check is an overall summary of one’s criminal history as a resident/citizen in Australia. It is a service provided by the government and is a crucial part of determining if a person is suitable to work in a position of trust. They are also used for licensing purposes.

When applying to become a Bus Driver, it is important to ensure that the Criminal Record Check within the last three months of your application.

Why do applicants for a Bus Driver Authority Card need a Criminal Record Check?

The Passenger Transport Act 2014 NSW is the law that governs the issuing of bus authority cards in New South Wales. In the Act, it outlines that drivers must be ‘fit’ and ‘proper’ persons and be of good repute.

The problem with terms as such is that they are quite vague and do not specifically outline the prerequisites for applying to become a Bus Driver in NSW. Applicants for a Bus Authority need more specific guidance on whether their application will be successful or not.

The Passenger Transport (General) Regulation 2018 NSW is slightly more informative regarding character requirements as a Bus Driver. The Act states that:

“The applicant for a driver authority must satisfy RMS that he or she:

(i) may lawfully work in Australia, and

(ii) is of good repute and in all other respects a fit and proper person to be the driver of the vehicle concerned, and

(iii) has sufficient responsibility to drive the vehicle concerned in accordance with law and custom.” Passenger Transport (General) Regulation 2017 (NSW) s 14

However, this is not an exhausted list and still does not specifically detail the requirements that will impact the application for a Bus Driver Authority Card in NSW.

What checks do NSW Bus Drivers need to undergo?

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission system accesses information from criminal databases all around Australia, thoroughly examining previous offences, both minor and considerable (if any). An example of the databases search includes the Child Sex Offender Register.

Once your data has been reviewed, the information and findings are brought together into one report and are used to determine the granting of NSW Bus Driver Authority.

What offences will stop an NSW Driver Authority card being issued?

Not all criminal offences will stop a person from successfully retrieving their Authority Card. The RMS has a list of offences that they use to decide whether someone is fit and suitable to drive a bus in NSW.

The offences listed below, whether committed in NSW or elsewhere, are heavy in weight and a participant will be considered as unfit to become a Bus Driver if they have been found guilty of any of the following:

  • Murder/manslaughter,
  • Sexual assault
  • Assault
  • Child abuse
  • Theft
  • Tax evasion
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Money laundering
  • Identity offences
  • Making false/misleading statements/declarations
  • Reckless or negligent behaviour towards another
  • Serious driving offences
  • Theft

If a person has been convicted as guilty for any of the aforementioned, the RMS considers such as unfit and lacking of good character; a ‘no’ from the judges.

Where can I get my Criminal Record Check done?

The answer is… right here! Intertrain has teamed up with National Crime Check, an accredited agency, to help prospective bus drivers get their Bus Authority Card quickly and easily.

After completing the course, Intertrain can aid in submitting all required documentation, including a criminal record check, through our partnership with National Crime Check.

Once you have submitted your online police check application form, it is received and processed within 1 to 2 days. This means that the completion of your NSW Bus Driver Authority is made quick, manageable and simple using our online portal.

Do I need any other documentation when applying for a Bus Driver Authority?

Once the application is completed, including a criminal record check, an application checklist and application summary are sent to the applicant. Below is a revised edition of the checklist:

  • Signed Application Form
  • Medical Assessment Form
  • Two photographs (one certified by a JP)
  • A copy of NSW Driver Licence
  • Your certificate from Intertrain
  • Evidence of citizenship and visa status
  • Driving history for the last 5 years (only if you have held a Driver Licence from another state or territory in that time)
  • A non-refundable application fee ($70) for consideration and processing of your application. This is to be paid to RMS, not to Intertrain. See the Application Form for more information

Once everything in this list has been included, applicants can then send the application, including all documentation, to Enrolment Services PO Box 3185 Parramatta NSW 2124.

Do you want to learn more about becoming a bus driver in NSW? Intertrain can help! A fully online learning portal, Intertrain is a step closer to becoming a bus driver, through its Bus Driver Authority training course. To find out more, contact us on 1300 222 776 or navigate our website.

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