Behaviour Change Programs

If you’ve committed a drink or drug-driving offence, you’ll need to complete a Behaviour Change Program (BCP) before getting your licence back.

BCPs are designed to help you identify the underlying causes of your offence and teach you behaviour change strategies so that it won’t happen again. It can also include referrals to specialist treatment services for people with a serious alcohol and/or drug problem. 

To find a BCP provider, see Behaviour Change Program providers or call DirectLine on 1800 888 236. 

What kind of program do I need to do? 

The type of BCP you need to complete depends on the details of your offence. Refer to the below table for details. 

Note that if you’ve completed a BCP before, you’ll need to do it again if you have any subsequent offences. 

Program type
Offence details 
Drink Driver Behaviour Change Program

This applies to you if: 

  • you were caught drink-driving with a BAC of less than .15,
  • it was your first offence and
  • you didn’t have drugs in your system
Drug Driver Behaviour Change Program

This applies to you if:

  • you were caught driving with illicit drugs in your system
  • it was your first offence 
Intensive Drink and Drug Driver Behaviour Change Program

This applies to you if:

  • it was your second or subsequent drink or drug-driving offence
  • your BAC was .15 or more
  • you had alcohol and drugs in your system 
  • you refused to be tested for alcohol or drugs, when asked by Victoria Police

To find out more about what penalties would apply to you after a drink or drug-driving offence, see Drink-driving penalties, Drug-driving penalties, or Combined drink and drug-driving penalties

What does a BCP include? 

BCPs differ slightly, depending on the provider and type of program you need to complete. 

As a general rule, BCPs are designed to help you address the underlying cause of your drink or drug-driving offence, and learn behaviour change strategies to avoid it happening again. It can also help you identify and deal with any issues you might have with alcohol or drugs. 

Drink Driver BCPs and Drug Driver BCPs include 2 group sessions that are 3-hours each. 

Intensive Drink and Drug Driver BCPs include 3 group sessions that are 3-hours each, and a one-on-one counselling session. 

If you had to complete an intensive BCP, you’ll also need to complete a 2 hour Pre-Interlock Removal Program before you can have your interlock removed. 

Offences committed before 30 April 2018

If you committed a drink or drug-driving offence before 30 April 2018, you may have been asked to complete a Driver Education Program

Until 30 April 2019, you can complete a Driver Education Program or a Behaviour Change Program.

Visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ website (External link) for more information about Driver Education Programs. 

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