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L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program


United Way Ballarat has taken on the role of operating Ballarat’s successful L2P program in conjunction with VicRoads and the TAC.

The Graduated Licensing System makes it compulsory for learner drivers under 21 years of age to obtain 120 hours of supervised driving experience prior to taking the probationary licence test.

For most people, learner driver experience is gained through parents or other family members in family owned vehicles with the support of professional lessons.

The Victorian Government recognises that a minority of young people will find it difficult to gain the driving experience required.

The VicRoads L2P – learner driver mentor program assists learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

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Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle to gain supervised driving experience.  L2P is free for eligible young people and is funded by the TAC.

The program does not substitute for professional driving lessons, and L2P does not pay for the probationary driving test itself.





Learner drivers
To join an L2P program, you need to be:

  • Between 16 and 20 years of age
  • A current learner’s permit holder
  • Without access to either a vehicle, a supervising driver, or both

Learner drivers can refer themselves to an L2P program, or be referred by parents, schools, community agencies or other organisations.

Download a form here:  Learner Driver Application Form

Volunteer Mentors

To become a volunteer mentor in an L2P program, you need to be:

  • Interested in helping young people
  • Over 21 years of age
  • A current full Victorian driver’s licence holder
  • Screened by your local L2P program

Download a form here:  Mentor Application Form

Volunteers undertake a comprehensive VicRoads training program to become learner driver mentors.

We interviewed one of our mentors:


If you would like to know more please contact us

We spoke with one local mentor recently:

Daryl has been a driving mentor with the L2P program for 3 years now and he says the challenges of sitting beside an inexperienced driver are far outweighed by the benefits for him personally and for the learner driver.

Daryl not only mentors but also volunteers as a costumed interpreter at Sovereign Hill and as a trainer and first-aider at a local football club. “One of the best parts of retirement is having time on your hands and being able to choose what to do with it.”

Speaking about mentoring learner drivers Daryl commented: “I never thought I could do this. Wherever I went I was the one who drove. My work always involved driving, so I thought taking the passenger seat would be very difficult. Yet, I found it reasonably easy to go from one side to another which surprised me…yes there are some very hairy moments where my heart pounds but I have learned not to show my fear and stay calm.”


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posted by United Way Ballarat, 02 Nov 2017

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L2P in the Public Eye

posted by pmckee, 05 Apr 2016

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posted by pmckee, 10 Dec 2015

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posted by pmckee, 18 May 2015

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posted by pmckee, 24 Apr 2015

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posted by pmckee, 09 Feb 2015

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Become a Learner Driver Mentor – Training Day

posted by pmckee, 27 Oct 2014

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posted by pmckee, 26 Jun 2014

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posted by pmckee, 19 Jun 2014

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posted by pmckee, 16 Jun 2014

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United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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