Reforms to the ACT’s driver licensing scheme for learner and provisional drivers commenced on 1 January 2020. These reforms introduced minimum required driving hours as an eligibility requirement for a provisional licence.
To assist learner drivers to meet this new requirement, the ACT Government is establishing two training courses that will count as required driving hours:
- Vulnerable Road User Program
- Safer Driver Course.
The Justice and Community Safety Directorate is currently seeking applications from organisations to provide these new learner licence training courses to ACT learner licence holders.
Further information about the reforms can be found online at www.act.gov.au/safeplates.
Vulnerable Road User Program
The Vulnerable Road User Program will be available for all learner drivers. It consists of a component of self-directed learning that is to be completed before attending the class and a two-hour workshop. The course is focused on safely sharing the road with cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Completing this program will provide participants with 10 of their required driving hours.
More information about the Program and how to submit your application to be a provider can be viewed here.
Safer Driver Course
The Safer Driver Course will be available for learners aged under 25 at the time their learner licence was issued. It consists of a theory component of 2.5 hours in a workshop, immediately followed by a 1-hour practical driving component. The course aims to reduce risky driving behaviours before driving solo. The practical driving component must be undertaken with an ACT Accredited Driving Instructor and is designed to take two Learners per vehicle. Completing this course will provide participants with 20 of their required driving hours.
More information about the Course and how to submit your application to be a provider can be viewed here.