Australia Learner Licence

Australia Learner Licence

A learner licence is gained after: (a) the minimum driving age of 16 is met; (b) passing a touch-screen computer-based test Driver Knowledge Test; (c) provide identification; and (d) pass an eyesight test.[6] Learners are permitted to drive accompanied by a supervising unrestricted licence holder. Learners are subject to numerous restrictions: (a) a maximum speed of 90 km/h; (b) a zero blood alcohol content limit; (c) cannot tow a trailer; and (d) and must conspicuously display black-on-yellow “L-plates” on the exterior of the vehicle while driving. Learners must complete at least 120 hours of driving practice including 20 hours of night driving and hold the learner licence for at least 12 months before a provisional P1 licence is issued. Since 16 December 2009, one hour with an instructor is equal to three hours of normal driving hours until a total of ten hours with an instructor. This equates to a maximum of 30 hours which can be accumulated at an advanced rate .Since 19 December 2009, learner drivers 25 years old and over are not required to complete a learner driver log book and are exempt from the twelve-month tenure

Provisional P1 Licence

A provisional P1 licence (commonly called Ps and Reds) is gained after: (a) a minimum twelve months of holding a learner licence; (b) 120 hours (20 hours night drive between sunset and sunrise) of on-road driving experience; and (c) pass a driving test. The licence holder can drive unaccompanied but is limited to a maximum speed of 90 km/h, towing trailers of up to 250 kg  and a zero alcohol content. Red-on-white “P-plates” must be displayed while driving. P1 drivers are limited to a total of four demerit points during the term of the licence, as compared to the thirteen-point limit on unrestricted licences] P1 drivers must hold the licence for one year before progressing to the next stage.

Provisional P2 Licence

A provisional P2 licence (commonly known as Ps and Greens) is gained after one year and successful completion of a computerised hazard perception test. The driver is restricted to a speed limit of 100 km/h, a zero alcohol limit and a maximum of seven demerit points; however, they are eligible to upgrade the class of their licence, such as those for heavier vehicles.P2 drivers must conspicuously display a green-on-white “P-plate” on the exterior of the vehicle at all times. P2 drivers must hold the licence for two years before progressing to the next stage.

Full Licence
A full, unrestricted licence is gained after two years and successful completion of another computerized test. Unrestricted drivers licences are colored gold. More Read :

Learning to drive

Step 1 – before you get behind the wheel

Make sure you:

Who should I drive with?

You must only drive or ride while supervised by a person who holds and has held a current open licence for the class of vehicle you are learning to drive for at least 1 year.

If you are under 25 and learning to drive a car, make sure you record your driving experience in your learner logbook.

Step 2 – hitting the road

When learning to drive or ride, you must:

  • clearly display L-plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorbikes)
  • carry your learner licence with you and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
  • obey any conditions stated on your learner licence
  • not drive under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
  • not use a mobile phone. Passengers and supervisors are also restricted from using a mobile phone in loudspeaker mode while the car is being driven
  • obey the zero alcohol limit (0.00).

Safe driving tips

  • Familiarise yourself with the basic controls. Make sure you have passed the checklist for car controls.
  • Take the time to adjust to different vehicles – some may have power steering, different brakes or mirrors.
  • Avoid getting behind the wheel when your mind is not on the driving task.
  • If you become tired while driving or riding, stop for a break.
  • Try not to turn the radio on as it may distract you and your supervisor.
  • Always allow extra time for travelling so you don’t have to rush.
  • Keep left unless overtaking.
  • Remember to be considerate of other road users and how your driving or riding affects them.

The RACQ has developed maps for learner drivers* to ensure they gain a range of experience while learning to drive. By following the routes on these maps you will practice different skills and experience a variety of driving situations.

Step 3 – practice

More driving experience will improve your chance of passing your practical driving test on your first attempt.

Safe driving tips

  • Weekly practice in a variety of situations is important in developing good driving skills.
  • Make every effort to drive in different conditions – in the dry, in the wet, during peak hour, at dusk and at night.
  • Always plan regular two-hourly breaks on a long journey.
  • Drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired or have been drinking.