L2P Driving Program

Many adult refugees arriving in Australia do not have any formal driving experience. For these new arrivals, passing the NSW RMS Driving Test is an important milestone in the resettlement process.

Very importantly, holding a driver’s licence enhances future work opportunities and increases mobility for their families to access a wider range of recreational and cultural activities.

IMG_1548.JPGThe L2P Driving Program supports adult members of the Illawarra refugee community who have a Learner Driver Licence to obtain their Provisional Licence.

Since 2009, SCARF’s innovative driving mentoring program has recruited volunteer driving mentors, who hold a full license, to provide supervised driving practice to learner drivers.

SCARF delivers the driving program in four main ways: providing supervised driving practice with volunteer driving mentors; providing driving instructor training; running information sessions; and delivering community road safety mentoring.

In 2016, eight volunteer mentors delivered a total of 353 driving sessions. Of these sessions, 28 were to support learners to attend a P1 test, 10 of whom were successful. On average our learners require approximately 70 hours of on-road driving practice to develop the skills necessary to take the NSW practical driving test.

Learners pay a small fee for each driving session with a SCARF mentor, to help ensure the program is sustainable and self-sufficient. For more information, please investigate the links below:


LearnersMentorsResourcesL2P in the Media

History of the driving program

SCARF’s driving program was established in 2009. Activities have included:

  • L2P’s primary program: provides mentored driving practice to community members so they can develop the skills and experience necessary to transition from a Learner’s permit to a P-plate Provisional license. Each year SCARF volunteer mentors provide over 350 driving sessions. To date, the program has helped almost 80 refugee learners successfully pass their practical driving test, with many more still working to achieve this competency.
  • Learner Driver Assistance (LDA) program: supports 25-30 community members each year to access five subsidised driving lessons with a professional driving school at a reduced cost. This program has supported almost 300 learners in total.
  • Road and Traffic Signs DVD.
  • ‘Buying Your First Car’ workshops
  • ‘Keeping Your Car on the Road’ workshops.
  • Dedicated SCARF L2P vehicle for use by community members for driving practice.
  • Computer-based booking system that has been implemented to manage car bookings.

Destination Safe Driving Program
Recently SCARF secured a grant from Transport for NSW to strengthen and expand SCARF’s existing ‘L2P’ program to include a range of activities to increase safe road use by people from refugee backgrounds before, during, and after gaining a licence.

Project Snapshot: Destination Safe Driving