School Bus Tender

Information and updates relating to the upcoming open tender for daily bus and technology bus services.

While the responsibility of getting students to and from school sits with caregivers, the Ministry offers assistance to students where distance is a barrier to education.

Ministry of Education is the second largest provider of passenger services in New Zealand. This includes:

  • managing approximately 7,000 vehicle journeys each school day
  • carrying 40 million passenger journeys each year
  • assisting over 100,000 students safely to and from school every day
  • managing contracts for 78 transport providers for bus services, specialised transport, and ferry services.

Open tender information

The current daily bus and technology bus contracts expire on 31 December 2020. Under the Government Rules of Sourcing, the Ministry must go to open tender.

We will start the tender process in 2019, with tenderers being advised of the outcome in early to mid-2020.

If you have a specific enquiry about this process email: Bus.Tender@education.govt.nz

July 2018 - School Transport - Sector Engagement Workshops

Please see below for a copy of the presentation given at the recently held nationwide workshops around School Bus Tender:

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