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Regression replaced with Novice Case Management

Regression was applicable where a novice driver/rider was suspended, disqualified or ineligible more than twice in the same licensing period or within six months. Where regression was applied a driver/rider was regressed back to the previous licensing stage (e.g. P2 regressed to P1 or P1 regressed to L2 etc.).

Regression was to act as a deterrent aimed at changing driver/rider behaviour. However, in practice, regression has proven to be a complicated and costly process which is acting as a deterrent for novice licence holders re-enter licensing.  

This was supported by an Austroads Review into Graduated Licensing Schemes which found the research relevant to the effectiveness of GLS penalties, including regression, was scant and inconclusive.

Further a review undertaken by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles linking regression and driving unlicensed found since the commencement of the GLS in 2008, a total of 3,618 individuals have had their licence regressed.  Of these, nearly 40% or 1 440 people who were eligible to re-enter the licensing system have not returned.  However, regressed drivers who were eligible for re-licensing and who have not returned, have committed over 2700 driving/riding offences. This figure does not include those who have not been caught driving/riding unlicensed.

Regression will be now be replaced with Novice Case Management.

Novice Case Management is targeted towards an individual returning to driving or riding after a period(s) of disqualification, suspension or ineligibility and takes into consideration past driving/riding behaviours and convictions to develop the best approach to assist them modify behaviours that resulted in past offences.