10 Jul, 2001 Last updated: 19 Sep, 2018

The development of a Victorian Walking School Bus model was assisted by a statewide network of government and non-government agencies that had already generated or planned complementary initiatives and policies across Victoria.

This program has been replaced by VicHealth's annual Walk to School event. 

In 2001, VicHealth was invited by the Lead Agency Committee on Physical Activity to take a leading role in initiating and developing a Walking School Bus Program in Victoria. The development of a Victorian Walking School Bus model was assisted by a statewide network of government and non-government agencies that had already generated or planned complementary initiatives and policies across Victoria.

VicHealth invited proposals from local councils and shires to work in partnership with primary schools and community agencies to establish a Walking School Bus Program. Four municipalities were funded to pilot the program: City of Greater Dandenong, Shire of Campaspe, City of Whittlesea and City of Port Phillip. Each council was expected to manage the project at the local level and to engage at least four primary schools.