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Keeping our communities safe

'Our commitment to prioritising safety, with cultural understanding'

Indigenous Driver Licensing Program

The current Indigenous Driver Licensing Program, established in 2006, aims to reduce unlicensed driving in remote communities in Far North Queensland including Cape York, the Gulf and Torres Strait islands.

The program has a mobile driver licensing unit based in Cairns, which takes licensing services to remote areas where residents cannot access mainstream Customer Service Centres.

The unit provides driver licence testing for cars and trucks, driver licence replacements and renewals, and Adult Proof of Age cards. The unit also provides support to communities undertaking road safety initiatives.

Our Indigenous Driver Licensing Unit promotes positive and responsible attitudes towards driving in a concerted effort to reduce road trauma and increase licence ownership in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This unit provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to progress through a carefully managed, culturally relevant and community sensitive set of steps to ensure the successful attainment and retention of a driver licence and significantly increases road safety awareness.

By increasing licence ownership, the Indigenous Driver Licensing Program aims to:

  • increase licensing rates amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Far North Queensland communites
  • promote and educate safe and legal driving behaviours
  • reduce fatalities and serious injuries to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote areas
  • reduce road trauma and improve access to employment, education, health, social and cultural activities
  • reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison for traffic and driver licensing-related offences.

From January 2018-March 2021 the Indigenous Licensing Unit achieved:

  • 979 Learner Driver Licences passed
  • 899 Practical Driver Tests passed
  • 330 Photo Identity Card (Proof of Age, 18+ Cards) issued
  • 68 trips conducted to remote discrete communities. 
Barry Lea, Driver Examiner/Principal Customer Service Officer running a driver licensing workshop for students at Woree State High School
Barry Lea, Driver Examiner/Principal Customer Service Officer running a driver licensing workshop for students at Woree State High School, 2018

Caitlin Rofe—Indigenous Driver Licensing Unit (TMR)

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