A decade of delivering licensing services to remote areas
News for the Department of Transport
- Program provides better access to licensing services to WA's remote communities
For over a decade now, the Department of Transport's Remote Services program has been delivering mobile licensing services to some of the State's most remote communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Goldfields regions.
The program, run by Department of Transport (DoT), has a long history of working collaboratively with government agencies, industry, Aboriginal corporations and not-for-profits to find ways to overcome barriers to obtaining a driver's licence in remote communities.
This year marks a decade since DoT signed an agreement allowing learner's permit theory testing to be delivered by Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) as part of their Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) pre-employment program. This collaborative arrangement helps increase access to licensing services and improves employment opportunities for those living in the Pilbara. The agreement was recently extended by three years, ensuring the licensing services continue to be delivered on behalf of DoT.
DoT General Manager Regional Services Dennis O'Reilly said that living remotely comes with a number of barriers to accessing services, including obtaining a driver's licence.
"The Remote Services program visit some of the most isolated communities in WA enabling access to tailored resources that help educate remote communities about road rules and allows them to sit practical and theory tests in a familiar and comfortable environment."
The Remote Services program visits provide access to driver theory tests, practical assessments, licence renewals, vehicle transfers and photo cards.
In the last five years the team has performed over 1,167 visits (including joint visits with other agencies) across 128 locations throughout WA, resulting in over 2,100 theory tests and 2,300 practical driving assessments being conducted.
"Obtaining and retaining a driver's licence in remote communities allows better access to health care, essential services and better pathways for employment, as many jobs require candidates to have a driver's licence. One person having a licence can have positive effects on an entire community," Mr O'Reilly said.
"Over 1,500 people living in remote communities have been issued a driver's licence in the last 10 years."
Mr O'Reilly said the longevity of the program and the partnerships forged, shows a genuine commitment to deliver initiatives that enable remote community members to overcome some of the barriers to undertaking driver training and obtaining a licence.
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