Murraylands Driving Support program

Program Focus:

Provide driving support for participants 16+ years of age (Stage 1) and unemployed people (Stage 2) to meet the current criteria of 75 hours (driving time) to qualify for Provisional Licence (P1) testing. Support to be located in the Murraylands and Riverland region.

Access to driving support remains a key barrier to employment for regional job seekers and further restricts an individualís ability to travel throughout regional South Australia, accessing the necessary life domains to be sustainable within region.

The driving support program will be a coordinated regional response bringing together community service organisations and community volunteers to mentor and support local people towards obtaining a driving licence. The ability to achieve this goal represents an important milestone in a young personís life as the capability to be self-sustaining with reliable transport can build selfesteem, confidence and impact the often-generational cycles of disadvantage which remain a barrier to employment and social community interaction.

Minimum Participation Criteria:

  • Particpant already has his/her L's (Compulsory requirement)
  • Participant does not have a licensed driver (of more than 2 years standing) or a motor vehicle in the family home to enable him/her to get "in car" experience (Compulsory requirement)
  • The participant cannot otherwise afford or access driving lerssons (50 or 75 hours) to enable them to qualify for Provisonal License (P1) testing.
  • The particpant will be subjected to an interview and successful assessment that meets the programs guidelines of cooperstion and respect

Further Criteria:

It is a requirement for the young person to have completed 3 lessons with an accredited driving instructor (or be prepared to prior to starting the practical driving sessions. The four lessons can be one lesson covered by the Australian Federal Government's Keys2Drive program (cost covered by government) and three by an Accredited South Australian Driving Instructor.

  • Particpants to donate $12 per practical driving session to help cover fuel, maintenance of vehicle etc.
  • All particpants to undergo a DCSI National Police Clearance

It will be a requirement for all particpants to attend:

  • A road safey forum beore starting the in-car experience program.This forum will be conducted in partnership with SAPOL and other service organisations.

Volunteer Mentors will not be accredited driving instructors.
All Volunteer Mentors will take part in a refresher course with an Accredited Driving Instructor.
The Learner Driver Support Program booklet can be downloaded here in pdf format [4 pages]