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Implementation of a New Motorcycle Licensing Training and Assessment Program in Tasmania

Starting in July 2017 a new Motorcycle Training and Assessment Program (Program) will be progressively rolled out for all new motorcycle riders in Tasmania.

The new Program will commence in Devonport first, followed by Hobart in around August 2017, then Launceston in around December 2017.

The new Program will consist of a:

See flow chart below for further information.

The major motorcycle training changes include the introduction of a new on-road coaching and mentoring activity in day two of the new pre-learner motorcycle training course.

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The new Program will ensure that novice motorcycle riders of all ages gain an estimated three times the supervised riding experience than they gain under in the current scheme. The new training also includes new adult learning teaching principles.

The Tasmanian Government, in line with their Election Commitment to improving road safety for all Tasmanians, has explored all potential avenues to reduce the number of motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries in Tasmania. The new Program puts in place training stages that make sure novice motorcycle riders are a safe as possible when sharing our roads with other road users.

What happens if I already hold a currently motorcycle learner licence.?

The Tasmanian Government, with the funding from the Road Safety Levy, will provide some financial assistance to motorcycle riders obtaining their learner licence under the existing motorcycle training system.  Assistance will be provided for motorcycle riders to participate in further motorcycle training (including an on-road coaching ride) to make sure they have the skills needed to undertake the new check ride and pre-provisional test.

Shortly letters will start being sent to all current motorcycle learner licence holders, firstly starting with those that live in the Devonport Region and surrounding areas in early July, then the remaining South and North areas over the coming months.

The letter will request existing motorcycle learner licence holders to contact Registration and Licensing Services to discuss their current motorcycle riding experience and what options exist to progress to a P1 licence in their area.

If you wish to find out more about how this new Program will affect your current motorcycle learner licence please email

For further information on motorcycle learner licence requirements see

Download the new motorcycle training package Questions and Answers here.