South Gippsland Learner Driver Mentor Program

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Location: ,
Contact Person: John Ernst
Position: Coordinator
Phone: 03 5662 9367
Mobile: 0409 836 515
Street Address: 9 Smith Street, Leongatha, VIC, 3953
Postal Address: Private Bag 4, Leongatha, VIC, 3953

The L2P program is underpinned by both road safety and social equity objectives: Road Safety: to reduce the crash and injury rate of young drivers by ensuring they obtain a minimum of 120 hours supervised driving practice Social Equity: to provide opportunities for all young Victorians to be safer licenced drivers, without being disadvantaged by barriers to obtaining on road driving experience.


  • to provide the opportunity for young people to overcome disadvantage and disconnection through community support to successfully obtain their drivers licence.
  • to provide training, support, resources, skills and confidence for young people to obtain and maintain their drivers licence, and to reduce the likelihood of accidents in the years following the attainment of their provisional licence.
  • to open pathways for young people in South Gippsland Shire to engage with their local community and access essential services
  • to provide opportunities for the South Gippsland Shire Council community to volunteer as mentors and make a valuable contribution to improving road safety and enhancing social justice for young people
  • to provide access to new education and employment opportunities that require licences, and access to opportunities in areas where there is limited available public transport
Mentor Age: 26+
Mentee Age: 16-20
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Training is provided through Holmsglen TAFE and Vic Roads. It consists of three sessions run over several weeks, usually in the evening. Mentors have an opportunity to refresh their road rules, as well as learn about mentoring young people.
Mentor Screening: No
Screening Process of Mentors: All mentors will be assisted in gaining a Victorian Working With Children's Check as well as a National Police Check. A interview process is conducted. All mentors must have a current Victorian Drivers license and must successfully complete the Vic Roads Training. They must have a good driving history.
Mentor Position Description:

Mentors are required to:

  • Provide support to one mentee at a time in order for them to practice to drive.
  • Use a L2P allocated car for driving practice
  • undertake Vic Roads training
  • Provide non-judgmental support and encouragement for mentees.
Mentor Minimum Commitment:

The minimum requirements are:

  • Currently Victoria Working with Children Card
  • Currently National Police Check
  • A Current Victorian full Drivers Licence * A Good Driving Record
  • An ability to commit at least 2 hours per week to the mentee
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