Driver’s Licence Essential
Without question, a driver’s licence is essential for getting around and accessing our region’s resources and facilities.
Many people lack the support networks to facilitate such driving experience, or face issues with finance or lack of access to a vehicle. Our program matches disadvantaged learner drivers between the ages of 16–21 (L2P) or over 21 years old (P21) with experienced volunteer mentor drivers, who help them gain the driving experience required before they are eligible to sit for their probationary licence.
While getting the hours of practice is possible for most people, it can be a real challenge for those who live in regional localities if you don’t have access to a car or a supervisor, no matter what age you are.
Experience for learners comes from practice drives with their mentor, along with professional driving lessons. Volunteers are trained through VicRoads, typically conducted over a weekend. All mentors must have Working with Children and police checks and have satisfactory driving history.
For those interested in the P21 Program you will need to contact us to discuss eligibility.
Join the L2P Program
– be between the ages of 16 and 21
– hold a current learner’s permit
– not have access to either a vehicle, a supervising driver or both
– meet with the coordinator for an intake interview
L2P is free for eligible young people and includes limited professional driving lessons. L2P does not pay for you to get your learner’s permit or the probationary driving test itself.
Become a mentor
There are many people in our community who cannot access a vehicle, a fully-licenced supervising driver or neither of these.
What a mentor does
Volunteer mentors act as supervising drivers to support the learners and supervise their 120 hours of on-road driving practice while using one of our vehicles.
How to become a mentor
Mentors attend training approved by VicRoads prior to being accepted into the program. Mentors must have a full (non-probationary), current Victorian driver’s licence with a good driving history.
The right match
Learners and mentors are matched by the program coordinator to ensure a relationship which is safe and supportive. Making the right match is crucial to the success of the learning experience.
Becoming a mentor provides is an enriching experience. You will help young people gain their licence and with it the opportunity to participate in employment, education and other opportunities