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The Driver's Handbook

Graduated Licensing Scheme

This section explains how to obtain a full licence, by proceeding through the various stages of the 'Graduated Licensing Scheme'.  If you drive safely, and don't commit any offences, obtaining your licence is straightforward and you can be on your full licence in four years.


Unfortunately statistics show that new drivers, particularly those aged 16 to 24 years, are almost twice as likely to be involved in a serious or fatal road crash.

But research has also found that strengthening the driving experiences and supervision of new drivers through graduated licensing schemes can lead to significant reductions in crashes both before and after obtaining a driver's licence.

The Graduated Licensing Scheme is the process of obtaining a full driver's licence - a gradual process which involves:

  • at least 75 hours of supervised driving during the learner's permit phase (not required for learner motorcycle riders)
  • a compulsory hazard perception test to progress from L to P1
  • a two-stage provisional licence (P1 and P2).
L plates

L Plates

Learner's Permit
P1 plates


Provisional Licence
  • 17 years or older
  • pass Hazard Perception Test
  • if you are under the age of 25 you must hold your learner's permit for at least 12 months.
  • if you are aged 25 or over you must hold your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
  • complete 75 hours (includes minimum 15 hours at night) of supervised driving
  • pass Vehicle On Road Test (VORT) or Competency Based Training & Assessment (CBT&A) course
  • (BIKE class must pass advanced Rider Safe course - refer to 'Obtaining your Learner's Permit - Motorcycles' for age and experience requirements)
P2 plates


Provisional Licence
  • 18 years or older
  • Must have held a P1 licence for 12 months
Full licence

Full Licence

  • 20 years or older
  • have held a P2 licence for two years

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