Aboriginal Justice Program – Enhanced Driver Training and Education Program
Project status: In progress
$5.5 million of Royalties for Regions funds have been invested, over four years, to the Department of the Attorney General's Aboriginal Justice Program for the Enhanced Driver Training and Education Program in Roebourne, Lombadina, Kalgoorlie, Broome, Derby, Kununurra, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing. The program aims to overcome the difficulties associated with obtaining a drivers licence in regional and remote communities.
Funding is provided to non-government organisations to enable them to deliver driver training and education for regional and remote Aboriginal people, primarily targeting those who are in contact with the criminal justice system.
Participation levels have exceeded expectation with more than 800 participants involved in the program 18 months since commencement of service delivery. The program assists participants in gaining learner's permits, undertaking driving lessons, passing their provisional driving assessment and obtaining their driver's licence. Some services are also offering local people training to become driving instructors.
Educational workshops on drink driving, vehicle restraints, speeding, trip planning and vehicle maintenance are also being offered to the program participants.