TAC L2P Driver Mentors

The TAC L2P program is up and running again in regional Victoria. COVID-19 protocols are in place to protect learners and volunteers.  

TAC L2P Program
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) L2P Program is a community-based program developed to assist eligible young Victorian learner drivers between the ages of 16 and 21 years (and in some circumstances, up to 23 years) who do not have access to a supervising driver, or an appropriate vehicle, gain the driving experience required for a probationary licence. The TAC L2P Program is funded by the TAC, administered by the Department of Transport and coordinated by CHIRP Community Health in the Mount Alexander region.

If you are interested in joining the program as a volunteer driver mentor please click on the following VicRoads link where you will find application forms. Please read more about the eligibility requirements below.

Why become a Driver Mentor?

Mentoring is a relationship where a more experienced person helps a less experienced person achieve their goals. Driver mentors provide very practical support by helping a young person achieve their goal of 120 hours of mandatory driving practice before going for their driving test.

For a young person, having a driver’s licence, particularly in a regional area, opens up employment, training and social opportunities. In addition, research has found that 120 hours of driving practice can significantly reduce the likelihood of crash involvement for young drivers.

As well as this, the program provides an opportunity to link a generous community member to young people in need of assistance.

“I have really enjoyed my role as a driver mentor and the spin offs that come from that in terms of assisting a mentee with learning about life issues.” TAC L2P Volunteer

Becoming an L2P Mentor
The TAC L2P Program doesn’t just benefit learner drivers. In joining the TAC L2P Program, volunteer mentors work with and are responsible to CHIRP Community Health who will work with you and provide opportunities to directly help a young learner driver and make connections with the local community.

We have a full training program to ensure you’re well prepared to mentor a learner driver and understand your role as a supervising driver. Learners participating in the program also have access to free driving lessons with a professional instructor to build their skills before getting on the road with a volunteer mentor.

Volunteer mentors need to meet the following criteria to be considered for the TAC L2P program:

  • Be over 21 years of age
  • Hold a current full Australian driver’s licence
  • Have a satisfactory driver licence history report
  • Be medically fit to drive (we may discuss this further through the application process)
  • Not be currently working as a professional driving instructor
  • Can commit approximately one hour per week.

Additionally, as part of the application process, you will be asked to provide:

  • A valid (volunteer) Working with Children’s Check
  • A satisfactory National Police Check

Application process
To be considered for the TAC L2P program, learners and volunteer mentors must complete an application form and undergo an assessment. The easiest way to apply is to look for the L2P application forms on the VicRoads website. Paper-based application forms can be downloaded from the VicRoads website and returned directly to our program using the contact details below.

Once the application form is received, we will be in contact to go through the next steps.

For more information call 5479 1000 and ask to speak to the L2P Coordinator. Post your applications care of the L2P Program to Dhelkaya Community Health, Spencely House, 142 Cornish Street, Castlemaine 3450.  Or by email email@castlemainehealth.org.au

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