Safe driving program

This page provides information to assist drivers and riders who have been found guilty by a court of certain hoon offences and received a court order to attend a Safe Driving Program.  

What is the VicRoads Safe Driving Program?

Courts notify VicRoads that a court order has been made, and VicRoads then notifies the driver or rider of the requirement to attend a VicRoads Safe Driving Program (Program).  

The five hour program has a maximum of 12 participants and is led by an experienced group facilitator.The Program aims to reduce unsafe driving behaviour using a behaviour change approach to assist participants to: 
  • Explore  the origins and motivations of unsafe driving behaviours;
  • Understand  the triggers and identifying alternatives to unsafe driving;
  • Raise  awareness of the risks associated with engaging in these behaviours;
  • Increase  awareness of the consequences of unsafe driving behaviour;
  • Develop a plan to avoid unsafe driving behaviours in the future.
As a result of Program completion, participants will be able to identify what leads to high risk driving and use strategies to increase safe driving behaviour.
  1. Find a suitable location for the nearest VicRoads Safe Driving Program venue in this map (External link)  Click on the dots in the map (External link) to display the contact details of the nearest provider 
  2. Call the provider 
  3. Enrol in the name of the person who received the court order.
Please enrol early as places are limited.   

Once you are enrolled you will be contacted by the VicRoads Approved Provider who will let you know what to bring to the Program.

Can anyone attend the Program?

No. You can only enrol in the VicRoads Safe Driving Program if you have received a court order to do so.   
  
The Program is designed to address specific hoon offences.

The Program fee is approximately $800; which comprises government costs ($527) and the delivery costs of the provider.  

Please note that the fee charged by providers may vary.

You have four months from the date you are notified by VicRoads that you are required to attend the Program.  

What happens if I do not complete the Program?

If you fail to complete the VicRoads Safe Driving Program within four months of the date notified and provide VicRoads with a Certificate of Completion it will result in:

  • An indefinite licence or permit suspension depending on licence status, or 
  • Indefinite disqualification from driving and indefinite disqualification from obtaining a licence or permit depending on licence status.
If your licences are already suspended or you are disqualified from obtaining a licence and driving in Victoria, these conditions will continue.

If a licence has been suspended or you are disqualified due to not submitting a Certificate of Completion this can only be changed on successful completion of the VicRoads Safe Driving Program and presentation of a Certificate of Completion.

  • Be early, as participants who arrive late (20 minutes or more) will be unable to attend and will be directed to re-enrol in a future program. 
  • Bring the required Evidence of Identity documents. All evidence of identity documents must be originals and you must also ensure that all names on each of the documents match.  Photocopies, certified or otherwise, are not acceptable. 
  • Complete all Program sections.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued upon successful completion of the Program.

This certificate must be submitted to VicRoads by:  

  • Email  [email protected]; or
  • Post  VicRoads, Locked Bag 7000, Kew, Victoria, 3101; or
In person, find your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre

The VicRoads Safe Driving Program is a requirement for certain drivers specified under Part 6AB of the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic). The Program was established under the Road Safety Amendment Act 2012. 

Court Order to attend a VicRoads Safe Driving Program

Drivers or riders who have been found guilty by a court of certain hoon offences may receive a court order to complete VicRoads Safe Driving Program.
The VicRoads Safe Driving Program (Program) applies to drivers or riders whose vehicles are impounded or immobilised, who are found guilty in court of the following hoon offences and receive a court order:
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more (or travelling at 145 km/h or more in a 110 km/h zone) 
  • Improper use of a motor vehicle (involving loss of traction by one or more wheels) 
  • Careless driving involving improper use of a motor vehicle 
  • Dangerous driving (involving improper use of a motor vehicle; driving in excess of the speed limit by 45 km/h or more or travelling at 145km/h or more in a 110 km/h zone) 
  • Failing to have proper control of the vehicle in circumstances involving improper use of a motor vehicle 
  • Organising or engaging in a race/speed trial, and 
  • Causing a vehicle to make excessive noise or smoke in circumstances involving improper use of a motor vehicle. 

To look up the Road Safety Act, rules and check for other related rules, please refer to the Acts and Regulations administered by VicRoads

The Program is delivered by VicRoads-approved providers. Only these providers can issue a Completion Certificate to prove that the VicRoads Safe Driving Program has been completed. No other program can be completed instead of the VicRoads Safe Driving Program. 

The following providers are approved to deliver the VicRoads Safe Driving Program: 

Bendigo Psychology

Call: 03 5443 2284
Web:bendigopsychology.com.au (External link)
Venue located: Bendigo

Connect Health & Community

Call: 03 9575 5333
Web: www.connecthealth.org.au/programs-activities/vicroads-safe-driving-program/
Venues Located: Bentleigh East

Caraniche 

Call: 03 9401 0600 
Email: [email protected] 
Web: www.caraniche.com.au (External link) 
Venues located: Abbotsford, Epping 

LifeWorks

Call: 1300 543 396 or 03 8650 6200
Fax: 03 8650 6299  
Email: [email protected] 
Web: www.lifeworks.com.au (External link) 
Venues located: City, Frankston, Geelong

Contact Us

If you require further assistance regarding the VicRoads Safe Driving Program please call VicRoads Customer Service Centre on 13 11 71

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