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.