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Young people who are or were previously in statutory Out-of-home care are eligible to attend a Safer Drivers Course for free (usual cost $140).

This course is designed to teach you how to reduce road risks by developing safe driving behaviour and understanding speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances.

Essentially, it will benefit you to become a safer driver on the road and be aware of other drivers around you.

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) allows you to earn a bonus 20 hours log book credit for completing this course, meaning you only need to finish 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course.

To attend the course, you must:

  • hold a valid NSW Learner driver’s licence
  • be aged under 25 years
  • have completed a minimum of 50 log book driving hours (not counting any 3-for-1 bonus hours, and some of those hours need to include night driving)
  • provide a support letter – evidence of OOHC status for Safer Drivers Course.

How to apply

  1. Find a course provider in your area who you wish to go with (your caseworker or carer can help you find a provider).
  2. Obtain the required two documents - the application form and letter of support. You can download and fill in the Safer Drivers Course Concession Application form yourself, but you will need to ask your current or former Out-of-home care provider to write the letter of support for you. The letter will verify your Out-of-home care status and support your eligibility to apply for a free place on the course.

    A template letter can be found on the FACS website:
    FACS letter – evidence of OOHC status
    NGO letter – evidence of OOHC status
  3. Submit the completed application form and signed support letter to your preferred Safer Drivers Course provider and discuss with them any available dates.

The course provider will be informed of your position in Out-of-home care, but will not be given any other personal details. It is necessary to provide the support letter because without it the course provider may want to charge you the full cost of $140.

Visit the YOU website to read about more help to get your driver licence - including free lessons, support and mentoring programs.

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Last updated: 09 May 2019
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