Behaviour Change Program

From 30 April 2018, a Behaviour Change Program (BCP) must be completed for all drink and or drug-driving offences.

If you’ve committed a drink and or drug-driving offence on or after 30 April 2018, you’ll need to complete a Behaviour Change Program (BCP). If your offence was before then, and you were required to complete a Driver Education Program (DEP), you can complete either a BCP or a DEP.

Prior to 30 April 2018, drink or drug-drivers under 25 had a driver education requirement. If you have to go to court before getting your licence back, magistrates often require other drink or drug-drivers to complete a program, even when it's not required by law. 

About the BCP 

The Behaviour Change Program is designed to help you identify the underlying reason for your drink and or drug-driving offence and identify ways to reduce the risk of re-offending. 

To complete the Behaviour Change Program, you’ll need to participate in all program components, including:

  • contributing to group discussion
  • participating in all activities
  • completing the participant handbook
  • completing the alcohol use/drug use questionnaire to determine if you require further support.

The facilitator may provide you with a referral for further support to assist you with any alcohol or other drug problems. 

If you meet all the participation requirements at the end of the program, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate will indicate if you have/haven't been provided with a referral for additional support to help you separate your alcohol and or other drug use from driving in preparation for getting licensed.

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.

You’ll receive a letter from us following your offence that has important information about enrolling in the right program. Please have this letter with you when booking into the BCP.

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

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

If you have completed the Drink Driver Program or the Drug Driver Program and you re-offend, you’ll be required to complete the Intensive Drink and Drug Driver Program.

Drink and Drug Driver Behaviour Change Program Components 
Offence details 
Drink Driver Program

This applies to you if: 

  • you were caught drink-driving with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of less than .15,
  • it was your first offence and
  • you didn’t have drugs in your system.
Drug Driver Program

This applies to you if:

  • you were caught driving with illicit drugs in your system and
  • it was your first offence. 
Intensive Drink and Drug Driver 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 both alcohol and drugs in your system
  • you were charged with a refusal offence for alcohol and or other drugs testing
  • you were charged with driving while impaired (DWI)
  • you were charged with driving under the influence (DUI)
  • you were charged with a serious motor vehicle offence involving alcohol and/or other drugs e.g. culpable driving.

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? 

The Drink and Drug Driver Behaviour Change Program has been developed to help participants explore the reasons behind their drink and or drug-driving offence and provide an opportunity to explore the consequences of their offence, not only on themselves but others, and identify the benefits of not re-offending. The program enables participants to develop an action plan to assist them to not drink and or drug drive again. The program also provides referral support for those who have alcohol or drug use concerns.

How long are the Programs? 

Drink Driver Program - The program is held over two sessions, one week apart. Each session runs for approximately 3.5 hours and includes a break/s. The maximum number of participants in a group is 12.

Drug Driver Program - The program is held over two sessions, one week apart.  Each session will run for approximately 3.5 hours and includes a break/s. The maximum number of participants is 10.

Intensive Drink and Drug Driver Program - The program is held over four sessions. There will be three 3.5 hour sessions (includes a break/s) and a one on one counselling session with the facilitator prior to the third group session. The maximum number of participants is 8.

If you’ve committed a drink-driving offence and you’re a participant in the Intensive Drink and Drug Driver Program, you’ll also need to complete a 2-hour Pre-Interlock Removal Program before you can have your alcohol interlock removed. 

How much does it cost?

BCP providers may charge slightly different fees, so we recommend contacting different organisations to compare costs.

A VicRoads Program Cost Recovery fee is also included in the total amount ($67 or $34 for eligible concession card holders), which is collected by the provider on behalf of VicRoads for the ongoing management of the BCP. This fee is collected prior to attending the program and is additional to the provider’s cost to deliver the program.

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