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1Learner Driver Mentor Program (LDMP) Funding 2021-22

Applications close 26 April 2021.

Applications for funding from the Road Safety Level are open for Tasmanian community based organisations and local governments to provide Learner Driver Mentor Programs (LDMP).

LDMPs assist disadvantaged learner drivers to gain the minimum supervised driving hours to progress to the provisional stage of the Graduated Licensing System (GLS).

Tasmania’s Graduated Licensing System (GLS) requires car learner drivers to gain supervised on-road driving experience before they can sit a driving assessment and if successful, obtain a provisional driver licence.  The rationale behind this is simply that the more time spent in the supervised learner stage, the more experienced a learner will become in a variety of driving conditions and the less likely they are to be killed or seriously injured in a crash once they begin to drive on the road solo.

It is recognised that for some learner drivers in our community, accessing a suitable car and/or supervisory driver to gain the required minimum on-road hours is extremely challenging.

The core function of LDMPs is to assist learner drivers who don’t have access to a suitable car or supervisory driver to obtain their licence.  LDMPs are community based-programs that provide disadvantaged learner drivers with the opportunity to access a car and a supervisory driver to assist in the development of their on-road driving skills. It is critical that these people are supported to enter the licensing system as this decreases the risk of unlicensed driving and encourages mobility within the community and increased job prospects.

For the purposes of participating in an LDMP, a learner is considered to meet the disadvantaged criteria if they:

  1. DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A SUITABLE SUPERVISORY DRIVER AND/OR CAR; AND
  2. ARE NOT ABLE TO AFFORD PROFESSIONAL DRIVING LESSONS TO GAIN THE MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A DRIVER LICENCE.

Applications

There is no limit for the amount of funding a program can apply for but a strong business case should be provided in line with the funding request.

If you have trouble accessing the application form, please contact 6166 3245 or ldmp@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.

Applicants should read through the LDMP funding and program guidelines.

LDMP funding guidelines (Word)
LDMP funding guidelines (PDF)

LDMP program guidelines (Word)
LDMP program guidelines (PDF)

Please read the LDMP funding program guidelines carefully before submitting your application.

Applications can be submitted through Smarty Grants at the following link:

https://transport.smartygrants.com.au/LDMP2021

Applications close Monday 26 April 2021.

2LDMP Toolkit

A toolkit has been developed to assist organisations wanting to establish a LDMP.

LDMP Toolkit (Word)

LDMP Toolkit (PDF)

3Further Information

For further assistance contact either:

4Want to become a volunteer mentor?

Driver Mentoring Tasmania (DMT) is the organisation that assists LDMPs to recruit mentors.  To find your nearest LDMP or speak with a Garry to find out what mentoring is all about, contact:

Garry O'Byrne
0409 832 764
Garry.obyrne@drivermentoringtasmania.org.au

5The Graduated Licensing System (GLS)

For information about the GLS and getting a licence go to: Getting a Licence.