You've passed your Practical Driving Assessment (PDA), now you need more experience (the more the better). Get comfortable driving in different conditions and prepare for your Ps!

Step 4
Get experience
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Drive supervised on different roads, in different weather and traffic conditions – both day and night.

The rules say you need 50 hours minimum. That’s 25hrs before your PDA, plus another 25 hrs over at least six months after your PDA. But you should aim to do as much practice as possible to really get your experience up.

Why? Practice helps reduce your crash risk and makes you a more skilled driver.

As a learner remember:

  • Display your Ls when driving.
  • Carry your learner’s permit.
  • It’s a 0.00% BAC.
  • Demerit points apply.
  • No driving in Kings Park.
  • Freeway is okay, up to a max 100km/h.
  • Record everything in your log book.

Step 5
Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

Once you finish 50+ hours in your log book, you can sit the HPT.

The HPT is a computer based test that uses moving traffic scenes to measure your ability to assess a situation and make a safe driving decision. Practice online at any time on the Department for Transport website.

To sit the HPT:

  • Be 17 years or older (for C Class licences).
  • Go to the Driver and Vehicle Services Centre (DVS).
  • Show identification.
  • Present your completed 50 hour log book.
  • Once you pass, smile for the camera (licence photo) and pay the fee for your Ps.

Not everyone passes the test the first (or second) time.  Don’t worry - you can book to take the test another day. Just remember you have to pay the fee each time, so it pays to practice as much as you can.

Please note: From 9 October 2017, the Department of Transport will introduce a re-sequence which will require learner drivers to complete the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) before the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA). In addition applicants must be 17 years of age or older and have completed 50 hours of supervised driving, including five hours of supervised night-time driving, before being eligible to attempt the PDA. For  more information visit the Department of Transport website.

Step 6
Provisional Licence (P-Plates)
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Yay, you passed! This is the most important time to remember everything you’ve learned and put it into practice.

  • Driving on your own is a new experience - don’t rush, be ready in your own time.
  • You’ll be on Red Ps for six months and then Green Ps for another 18 months.

As a P-plater remember:

  • Normal speed restrictions apply.
  • 0.00% BAC.
  • Graduated Demerit Points apply.
  • No driving between 12am and 5am on your red Ps.

You’re on the road now, you’re independent. This exciting time is also when you’re most at risk of being in a crash. Assess the risks – make good decisions.