Learner logbook exemptions
Exemptions are available for learner drivers who cannot complete, and record in a logbook, 100 hours of supervised on-road driving experience due to special circumstances.
You may be eligible for an exemption from the logbook requirements if you are able to prove that at least one of the following circumstances applies to you:
- a car is not reasonably available for you to drive, to satisfy the logbook requirements
- a suitable person is not reasonably available to supervise your driving, to satisfy the logbook requirements.
You may also be eligible for an exemption if you:
- live in an area with a limited road network (for example, an island with a single road around it)
- will not benefit from driving on the road network, and
- are not likely to move from the area or have an opportunity to drive a car in an area with a diverse road network.
If you are granted an exemption, the time you are required to hold your learner licence is extended to a minimum period of two years.
The Exemption from logbook requirements information sheet (form F4480) provides further details for interested applicants.
To apply for an exemption you must:
Lodging an application for an exemption from the logbook requirements does not guarantee that it will be approved. Applications for exemptions are assessed on a case-by-case basis and strict guidelines apply. Your traffic history will be taken into consideration and you will be advised of the outcome of your application, in writing, within 10 working days of lodgement.
Note: If your application for a learner logbook exemption is approved and your circumstances change, you can complete 100 hours of supervised on-road driving and lodge your logbook with the Department of Transport and Main Roads at anytime within the two-year period. If you complete and lodge a logbook you must hold your learner licence for a minimum of one year before being eligible to take a practical driving test.