How you can make money driving your kids to school: Mom reveals the amazing way she makes hundreds of dollars every year
- A mom of three found an incredible way to earn hundreds of dollars
- She raised $433 just for driving her own children to school in Queensland
- The little-known program could be a huge lifesaver for thousands of families
- Francesca McFarlane said she discovered the scheme by accident online
- Incredibly, the lucrative moneymaker is available in every state and territory
An Australian mum has revealed the ingenious hack that saw her earn $433 just for driving her own children to school.
The little-known program is government-funded and could help families supplement their income – all for something they usually do anyway.
Francesca McFarlane, a mother of three, said she only expected to receive around $100 for the program, but soon received a bumper check for $433.
The accountant, who admitted to being money-savvy, said she stumbled across the lucrative scheme by accident – and amazingly, it’s available in every state for eligible families.
The form took him “less than ten minutes” to complete – and now pays half the cost of registering his car – saving the family hundreds of dollars each year.
“It’s free money that no one knows anything about. People should know about it and take advantage of it. There’s no reason not to,” she told Kidspot.
Mum-of-three Francesca McFarlane (pictured) made an extra $433 each year for her family – all without lifting a finger
The School Travel Assistance Program provides grants to families with children in full-time schooling just to get them to school – whether by car, bus, train or ferry.
Ms McFarlane, 30, from Cairns, applied online for her three children, who attend a private school less than 5km from her home.
The children, aged six, eight and ten, live just 2 miles from their school – but government rules for earning extra money dictate you have to live just 2 miles away.
“I put it in thinking that all I would get would be a bonus, maybe $100 max,” she explained.
“After filling in the form, I forgot it, then it appeared in my bank account a few weeks later.
This incredible scheme could help hard-working families earn an extra $400 each year (pictured, students returning to school in Brisbane on May 11)
“Something that only took me ten minutes paid for half my car for the year. It’s just awesome. The whole process was simple and very quick. ‘
The program will run as long as Ms. McFarlane keeps her contact details up to date and remembers to return the Easy Form once a year.
Recently, Francesca was again pleasantly surprised to find a renewal notice in the mail for the upcoming school year – with all of her information pre-populated from the original application.
The School Travel Assistance Scheme paid $433.20 (pictured) to Ms McFarlane
Just getting children to school each day could prove very lucrative for parents eligible for the scheme (pictured, schoolbags at Annandale Public School on May 25)
The School Student Transport Scheme provides eligible students with free or subsidized transport from home to school.
The program includes subsidized trips to and from school in family cars in areas where there is no public transport available.
It covers free travel to and from home and school on approved metro, train, bus, ferry and light rail services during the school term.
Discounts on bus journeys between home and school with a school bus pass are also offered, as well as free journeys on regional NSW TrainLink services and long-distance coach services for boarding school pupils .
HOW TO REGISTER FOR SCHOOL TRANSPORT