Regulation of the Omnibus Industry

The omnibus industry is regulated under the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 (TCA).
Under the Act a vehicle may be licensed as an omnibus upon the written application of the owner.

Omnibus is defined by legislation as:
“a vehicle used or intended to be used as a passenger vehicle to carry passengers for hire or reward… but does not include a vehicle operating as a taxi…”.

This definition distinguishes the service niche of the omnibus industry from taxis.

Non-commercial or community buses and school buses, which transport children for the school curriculum including travel to and from school, are exempt from the current omnibus licensing regime in Western Australia.

A service is classified as being for ‘hire and reward’ when the passengers are paying a fee greater than the Australian Tax Office prescribed operating cost.

For more information

The Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 is available on the State Law Publisher website at