Learner Driver Mentor Program Funding
For some learner drivers, accessing a suitable car and/or supervisory driver to gain the required minimum 50 on-road hours is extremely challenging.
Under the Learner Driver Mentor Program (LDMP), community based not-for-profit organisations coordinate the matching of disadvantaged learner drivers with volunteers (and vehicles) to gain the minimum supervised driving hours to progress to the provisional stage of the driver licensing system.
For the purposes of participating in an LDMP, a learner driver is considered to meet the disadvantaged criteria if they:
- Do not have access to a suitable supervisory driver and/or car; and
- Are on a low income and are not able to afford professional driving lessons to gain the minimum hours required to obtain a driver licence.
It is considered critical that disadvantaged learner drivers are supported to enter the licensing system as this decreases the risk of unlicensed driving, and has many positive benefits including:
- Employment opportunities
- Social, community, and sporting activities
- Access to education and employment programs
- Access to medical/health facilities and other services particularly in rural or regional areas
- Independent living skills.
Driver Mentoring Tasmania
DMT is the peak body representing LDMPs in Tasmania. DMT has a volunteer board and a paid state-wide Coordinator. The role of DMT includes:
- Providing high level support and advice to individual LDMPs, including providing tools and advice for managing and administering programs and recruiting and retaining mentors and learners.
- Representing and advocating on behalf of member LDMPs.
The DMT Coordinator meets regularly with all LDMPs to assist programs with operational issues and longer term business planning.
For more about DMT visit: drivermentoringtasmania.org.au
A tool kit is avaialble to help guide prospective and existing organisations with good practise operation. The tool kit is available for download:
The Government has made funding available from the Road Safety Levy, to continue to support Driver Mentoring Tasmania (DMT) and Learner Driver Mentor Programs (LDMPs).
The following programs received funding for the 2017-18 funding period.
Driver Mentoring Tasmania
0409 832 764
Migrant Resources Centre - South
03 6221 0999
Jordan River Service Inc.
03 6263 4303
Derwent Valley Community House
03 6261 5230
Wheels 4 Work
Starting Point Neighbourhood House
03 6339 2861
Huon Valley Council
03 6264 0377
Goodwood Community Centre
03 6272 2560
Northern Suburbs Community Centre
03 6326 6776
Drive 4 Life
Migrant Resources Centre - North
03 6332 2211
Ready Set Go
Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre
0405 976 865
Strive to Drive
Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation
03 6452 1287
Geeveston Community Centre
03 6297 1616
Devonport Chaplaincy Inc.
0418 509 436
Get In2 Gear
Break O'Day Council
03 6376 7900
03 6332 7777
Australian Red Cross Burnie
03 6431 1848
03 6230 2246
The Funding Assessment Panel Report can be downloaded here:
For further assistance contact either:
- Road Safety Branch on phone: 6166 3245; or
- Driver Mentoring Tasmania Inc on Phone: 0409 832 764 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org