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Novice Case Management

  1. What is Novice Case Management?
  2. When will a novice driver or rider be case managed?
  3. What happens when you are under Novice Case Management?
  4. Can I review a decision to be placed on Novice Case Management?
  5. What happens if I have a light-rigid licence (or higher) and am placed on Novice Case Management?
  6. What happens if I hold an Ancillary Certificate and am placed on Novice Case Management?
  7. Why have Novice Case Management for learners and Provisionals?

Update January 2018

Effective from 1 January 2018, Regression has been removed from Graduated Licensing Scheme for Novice Drivers/Riders.

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.

28. What is 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

Novice Case Management will support novice drivers and riders to re-enter the driver licensing system, by providing greater opportunity for offending drivers and riders to prove that they can drive or ride safely on our roads, which will benefit all Tasmanian road users.

Novice Case Management will also support novice drivers to remain licensed while giving them access to employment and educational opportunities and supporting continued engagement in community activities.

Novice Case Management is a process of assessment, analysis and monitoring which takes into account all aspects of each driver’s circumstances to determine the most appropriate action for them to be relicensed.

29. When will a novice driver or rider be case managed?

The Novice Case Management program is for L1, L2, P1 and P2 drivers only.

Every client who has a period of licence loss will be assessed for Novice Case Management. This involves a review of past driving history, periods of licence loss and traffic infringements.

Any client who shows a repeated pattern of driving behaviour contrary to the safety of themselves and other road users (e.g. repeated licence disqualifications/suspensions) may be placed on Novice Case Management.

30. What happens when you are under Novice Case Management?

Each client is assigned a Case Manager who will with work with them through the process from applying for a driver licence to being reissued a licence and returning to driving.

Being under Case Management can include the following (these are possible outcomes only and will not apply to every client on this program):

  • Completion of educational courses or drug/alcohol counselling
  • Medical reviews
  • Periodic monitoring to ensure no further driving offences have been committed
  • Licence conditions such as time or purpose restrictions being imposed on the licence. This gives the client the opportunity to demonstrate their behaviour has changed and they can drive within the Law/road rules while still accessing employment, education and community activities
  • Extension of novice licence periods (L1, L2, P1, P2)
  • Peer or passenger restrictions
  • Night time driving curfews
  • Additional log book hours being required before being able to sit for a P1 licence

Decisions regarding any requirements to be completed before relicensing or any conditions placed onto a person’s drivers licence are made under the associated Regulations and the Decision Making Guidelines for Drivers Returning from Periods of Disqualification or Suspension (PDF).

Each client is assessed on an individual basis. All decisions made regarding a driver licence will be accompanied by a Statement of Reasons which outlines how the decision was made.

31. Can I review a decision to be placed on Novice Case Management?

Yes, you can ask for a review of the decision to place you on Novice Case Management.  You can also ask for a review any requirements or conditions placed on your licence as part of Novice Case Management.

32. What happens if I have a light-rigid licence (or higher) and am placed on Novice Case Management?

If you are placed on case management you will not automatically continue to hold your heavy vehicle licence class, your Case Manager may consider your driving history as an indication that you are no longer a suitable person to continue to hold the heavy vehicle licence class, and may remove it.

33. What happens if I hold an Ancillary Certificate and am placed on Novice Case Management?

If you were disqualified from driving and your licence was cancelled, then your Ancillary Certificate would have be cancelled at the same time. To get your Ancillary Certificate back you will need to reapply for it.

If you are returning after a period of suspension, then your Case Manager will consider whether you are still a ‘fit and proper’ person to continue to hold an Ancillary Certificate.  Your past driving history may indicate that you are no longer fit and proper to continue to hold an Ancillary Certificate and it may be removed.

34. Why have Novice Case Management for learners and Provisionals?

Assessing a novice drivers development throughout the learning process helps to motivate them and support them to develop safe driving practices and guides their learning process so they develop basic car skills (such as steering and manoeuvres), before focusing on higher order skill development such as decision making, hazard perception, hazard identification and responsiveness.

Research confirms that young drivers with a multiple offence history have a higher involvement in road crashes. In the five years to 2006, more than half of all provisional drivers had at least one driving offence against their record.

Case Management for novice drivers’ targets unsafe driving behaviour, provides appropriate support and controls to assist them change poor driving behaviours and may prolong the time spent under novice licence conditions, while giving them the opportunity to remain licenses, where appropriate, to demonstrate they can be safe and compliant drivers and still enabling them to access employment and educational opportunities.

The prospect of delaying progress to a full licence and placing support and controls onto a drivers licence should encourage good driving practices and compliance with road rules.