Helping young people get their driver's licence

Getting a driver’s licence is a rite of passage for many young people. It opens up opportunities for further education, employment, training, health care, family and independence. However, getting a licence isn’t easy for some young people.

Parents and carers have a key responsibility for helping their young person get:

  • a learner’s licence
  • 120 hours of supervised behind the wheel driver training
  • a provisional licence
The following resources may help a young person move through the steps to successfully pass the provisional driver’s licence test. Schools can share this information with their students and families.
NB: NSW public schools are not required to provide behind the wheel driver training to students

Getting a NSW driver licence -Service NSW

  • assists anyone who is at least 16 years of age work through the steps of getting a NSW driver licence.

Proof of identity support - Service NSW

  • supports those without a birth certificate to confirm their identity, which is needed to apply for a learner driver’s licence

Difficulty with payment - Revenue NSW

  • having an unpaid fine is a barrier to getting a learner driver licence. Revenue NSW gives options for managing fines such as payment plans, work and development order, 50% reduction in the fine amount, writing off debt.

Safer Drivers Course - Transport for NSW

  • helps learner drivers prepare for driving solo through practical advice and safety strategies such as speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness, safe following distances, managing passengers, running late.

NB: young people experiencing disadvantage can apply to do the course for free by completing a Safer Drivers Course Concession Application form

Used car safety ratings - Transport for NSW

  • helps buyers find the safest models among second hand vehicles

Keys 2 drive - Australian Government

  • an Australian government-funded program for learner drivers and their parents/supervisors to get a free driving lesson with a qualified driving instructor
  • provides extensive information on the website.

Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP) - Transport for NSW

  • helps remove the barriers that prevent some people in NSW from entering the driver licensing system. Service providers help individuals:
  • get a learner licence
  • gain on-road driving experience
  • progress to a provisional licence
  • regain a licence

It is open to the following groups:

  • Aboriginal communities
  • refugee and resettlement communities
  • communities with limited access to transport options or who are geographically disadvantaged
  • vulnerable young people

Work and development order - Revenue NSW

Assists students who are unable to pay a penalty notice, court fine or a victim's restitution order, and meet the eligibility criteria. Revenue NSW can issue a work and development order (WDO).

A WDO enables people to reduce their fine by up to $1000 a month, by allowing them to participate in unpaid work, courses, counselling or treatment programs.

Drive for Life - Salvation Army

(western and southern Sydney areas only)

  • provides supervised driving instruction, life mentoring, positive role models and needs-based support to help participants overcome life barriers by helping them:
    • get a learner driver licence
    • learn to drive in a safe, maintained, insured vehicle

It is open to 16-25-year-olds who are experiencing, or have experienced:

  • difficulty accessing a vehicle or licensed supervising driver
  • long term unemployment
  • numeracy and/or literacy concerns
  • mental illness
  • physical disabilities.

Driving change - Weave

(City of Sydney suburbs, Marrickville, Maroubra, La Perouse, Woolloomooloo, Glebe and surrounds only)

Helps young people overcome barriers to getting a driving licence to open up new opportunities in their lives

It is open to those under 25 years of age who:

  • are Centrelink customers and/or be experiencing financial hardship
  • don’t have someone with a full driver’s licence and a registered car
  • can’t afford to pay for driving lessons
  • have no other means of getting the 120 hours of supervised driving practice to get a driver’s licence

Learner driver program - Birrang Enterprise Development Company

  • works with those needing assistance in working out the finances of getting a licence to helping master the driver knowledge test and helping to accrue the driving hours needed to finalise getting a provisional driver licence.
  • training and support is delivered in a culturally appropriate setting and manner

Licensed and on the road - Ace Community College

(NSW mid north coast and north coast areas, and Glen Innes only)

  • provides wrap-around support for students through their journey of becoming licensed drivers, from learners to provisional

It offers several programs:

  • online or face to face L program- learn NSW road rules, why they apply and practice learner test questions
  • hazard perception test-online resource to practice for the test
  • P program- up to 10 free behind the wheel driving lessons for eligible Aboriginal drivers and disadvantaged drivers.

Other driver licence support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can be found on Service NSW

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