Centre for Road Safety

A happy mother with her smiling daughter who proudly holds an L-plate.

Free course for disadvantaged learner drivers

The NSW Government is offering 1000 free places on the Safer Drivers Course each year to help young learner drivers from disadvantaged backgrounds and Aboriginal communities. The fee exemption allows those who are financially disadvantaged to benefit from the road safety outcomes of the Safer Drivers Course.

The course helps young drivers on their L-plates prepare for driving solo when they graduate to provisional licences. The course teaches learners how to reduce road risks and develop safe driving behaviour. It includes ways to cope with potential dangers, such as when you have mates in the car, or if you're running late.

It's also designed to help you understand more about speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances, which your parents, supervising drivers or professional driving lessons may not have covered.

As well as becoming a safer driver, you can earn a bonus of 20 hours of log book credit once you complete the course, so you only need to finish 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course. The course has been designed for a learner to attend once, so the 20 hours of bonus log book credit will only be deducted once.

To be eligible for a free place you need to:

  • Hold a valid learner licence
  • Be aged under 25 years
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 log book hours
  • Hold a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services – Centrelink.

Visit the Roads and Maritime website to find a Safer Drivers Course provider and speak to them about the free places.

Freedom and opportunity

The driver licensing access program helps remove the barriers that prevent disadvantaged Aboriginal people and other disadvantaged communities in NSW from entering the licensing system.

This program assists Aboriginal and other disadvantaged people to obtain and retain their driver licence and remain safe and legal drivers. Obtaining a driver licence contributes to improved access to education, employment, health and other community participation services.

We deliver driver licensing access programs across NSW that target Aboriginal communities in the Northern, Southern, Western, South West, Hunter and Sydney regions.

In 2015-16, eight services were engaged to deliver a range of driver licensing access services and culturally appropriate support and resources, including:

  • Literacy, numeracy and computer skills
  • Licensing enrolment support
  • Learner driver mentoring and supervision
  • Access to roadworthy vehicles
  • Debt negotiation and management
  • Road safety education and coaching

In 2015-16, there were eight service providers:

  • Ace Community Colleges Limited
  • Bara Barang Corporation Limited
  • Birrang Enterprise Development Company
  • Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association
  • TAFE Illawarra
  • TAFE New England
  • TAFE Western Sydney
  • Weave Youth and Community Services