Centre for Road Safety

A school crossing supervisor stops traffic to allow two schoolboys to cross the road safely.

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 SCSSydney@rms.nsw.gov.au

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.

Interested in becoming a school crossing supervisor?

School crossing supervisors play an important part in child road safety. The role would suit people who enjoy working with children and who wish to work part-time. RMS regularly recruits for school crossing supervisors throughout the state. School crossing supervisors need to be:

  • Punctual and reliable
  • Vigilant, calm and confident with working near traffic
  • Able to provide clear instructions
  • Able to communicate with adults and children

Employment and training

  • All school crossing supervisors are trained before undertaking duty on a crossing
  • School crossing supervisors are re-trained on a regular basis
  • Criminal record checks are carried before the appointment of school crossing supervisor and at regular intervals during the employment period
  • School crossing supervisors only work on gazetted school days in 40 km/h school zones.

More information

For further details on the program, please email SCSSydney@rms.nsw.gov.au