School zones

School Zone Enforcement - Burwood Highway Patrol Sergeant Dean La Greca and Council's Road Safety Officer work together to ensure our most vulnerable road users are safe. Photo: Craig Wilson, News Corp
School Zone Enforcement
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In NSW, more than one million school students travel to and from school each day. We develop ideas and practical solutions to improve the safety of children during school travel times.

The NSW road safety education program ensures that children and young people learn about road safety at school. It provides resources for students and professional development opportunities for teachers. Our partners in the program are the Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Commission, Department of Education and Communities, and the Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program at Macquarie University.

Road safety issues around schools are managed by state and local government authorities. Although the roles and responsibilities of the authorities vary, school principals must approve any request before the agencies responsible are contacted.

This handbook from Transport for NSW provides you will safety tips which limit congestion around schools and keep students, staff, parents and caregivers safe at all times.

For more information contact Burwood Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 9974

Park safely in and around schools

Keeping our kids safe in and around school zones is a key safety concern for Burwood Council. Our Road Safety Officer has worked with each of the schools to educate and enforce the laws which protect our vulnerable road users.

If you see something that you think jeopardises the safety of children, contact Council's Road Safety Officer, the police or school principal. We are all responsible for the safety of our kids.

Supervision makes sense

The School Crossing Supervisor program is a state-wide program that contributes to the safety of infants and primary school students. School crossing supervisors help students use the crossings on roads adjacent to or nearby schools. School crossing supervisors are provided where transport authority guidelines and criteria are met.

School crossing supervisors are provided to increase mobility and safety around schools by enhancing the performance of pedestrian traffic facilities. School crossing supervisors provide additional measures for the safe and efficient movement of primary and infant schoolchildren.

The School Crossing Supervisors program is an important component of the Safety Around Schools program.  

How to apply for a school crossing supervisor

Transport authorities assess sites to determine their eligibility for a school crossing supervisor. Requests for a school crossing supervisor need to be submitted in writing to Roads and Maritime Services by school principals. The Request for a School Crossing Supervisor (PDF, 232Kb)  must to be signed by the principal and include details of the crossing being nominated for a supervisor.

To ensure that all the relevant information is provided to transport authorities, school principals can email their request to

Assessment of school crossing supervisor requests

RMS will assess the nominated site against set criteria. For a site to be eligible for a school crossing supervisor it must meet the following criteria:

  • The site must have an existing children's crossing, pedestrian crossing (zebra) or combined crossing (children's and zebra).
  • The crossing must be used by infant and/or primary school children.
  • The site must be located within a 40km/h school zone.
  • The crossing must be used by a minimum of 50 unaccompanied infant and/or primary school children per hour across a road carrying 300 passenger car units per hour within the morning and afternoon school zone times. Heavy vehicles over three tonnes unladen are counted as two passenger car units.
  • The site must be considered a safe working environment for a school crossing supervisor.



School Zone Enforcement

Burwood Police together with Burwood Council work together to ensure the safety of all school students throughout the LGA. All NSW gazetted school zones have a speed limit of 40km/h between 8am-9.30am and 2.30pm and 4pm on gazetted school days.

Penalties for breaches, including parking infringements, exceed the cost of standard penalty notices for the reason that children are vulnerable road users and school zones incur additional traffic during key pick up and drop off times.

Burwood Highway Patrol continue school zone enforcement as part of their daily taskings. Penalties are severe and include a loss of demerit points.