Grant guidelines

Guidelines for the Driving Access and Equity grants.

The Driving Access and Equity Program aims to support people who face geographic, social and financial barriers to obtain their driver’s licence and become safe, licensed, employable drivers.

Program grants covering up to 100% of total costs are available to support projects and programs that address these barriers and support people in regional and remote areas through the licensing process. All grant-funded activities must be completed within 16-20 months from when the grant agreement is signed. For new projects, a period of 16 months is assigned to project delivery, and four months is dedicated to project establishment. 

Program objectives and outcomes

Program objectives

The projects being proposed should achieve one or more of the following 4 objectives:

  • Objective 1: Provide access to appropriately licensed vehicles to allow learner drivers to complete supervised driving hours, receive professional instruction or attempt a practical driving assessment. 
  • Objective 2: Provide access to suitably licensed driving supervisors and instructors.
  • Objective 3: Deliver program/s that help overcome local issues and costs that prevent people from obtaining their driver’s licence.
  • Objective 4: Provide improved access to driver licensing services.

Program outcomes

The following outcomes will be used as measures to evaluate how effective the grant activities are in achieving the program objectives. Project proposals do not have to deliver on all program objectives or outcomes however, proposals that assist beneficiaries to complete all the steps to get their licence will be viewed favourably.

The six steps to getting your licence

  1. Learn the road rules
  2. Get your learner's permit: Pass eyesight and theory test and submit required documentation to be issued your learner's permit.
  3. Learn to drive and log your hours: Take driving lessons and log hours in the Learn & Log app or paper log book.
  4. Sit hazard perception test: Sit the hazard perception test after 6 months of holding a learner's permit.
  5. Gain more driving experience: Log at least 50 hours of supervised driving, including 5 hours at night.
  6. Do the Driving test: Sit the practical driving assessment.
  7. Get your provisional driver's licence: Provisional driver's licence issued for the first 2 years.

Primary outcomes

Number of people (beneficiaries) who:

  • Are assisted to sit their learner’s theory test  
  • Are assisted with proof of identity requirements 
  • Are issued a learner’s permit
  • Complete the required log book hours
  • Pass the hazard perception test
  • Receive professional driver instruction and/or driving supervision
  • Are issued a driver’s licence.

Secondary outcome

Number of people (beneficiaries) who:

  • obtain employment, education, or training opportunities because of driver’s licence attainment.

Project eligibility

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a program funding grant, applicants must:

  • Be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable financial assistance agreement (Grant Funding Agreement) with the Western Australian State Government. The generic Grant Funding Agreement can be found on the Department of Transport website.
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN). If your organisation has an ABN and is registered for GST, the grant will be ‘grossed up’ by 10% of the grant amount.
  • Be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015, or an Indigenous organisation under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI), or a local government or a company limited by guarantee or an Educational Institution.
  • Have an account with an authorised deposit-taking institution (an Australian financial institution or bank) registered with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
  • Maintain proper financial records and record keeping practices in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and practices, including retention of invoices, receipts, bank statements, and reconciliations of bank balance, receipts, and expenditure.
  • Maintain appropriate and sufficient insurance cover for the duration of the project. A certificate of currency of insurance/s for the coming year should be provided upon application, noting: 
    • for Public Liability Insurance, a minimum value of $20 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim is required; and 
    • workers compensation insurance in accordance with the provisions of the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, including cover for common law liability for an amount of not less than $50 million for any one occurrence is required. 
  • Ensure all proposed employees and volunteers who will engage with beneficiaries have a current National Police Certificate and Working with Children Card.
  • Ensure all proposed volunteers for supervising driving meet the requirements to be a supervising driver. For more information on the requirements, refer to the Teach someone to drive page.

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • local government authorities
  • community organisations
  • educational institutions
  • not for profit organisations
  • corporations, including Aboriginal controlled organisaitons
  • businesses or organisations that provide access to driving supervision or instruction. 

Note: Joint proposals from organisations to deliver project/s that assist beneficiaries to complete all six steps to get their licence will be viewed favourably.

If your organisation does not fit within one of the categories listed above, please contact the program team to discuss options.

How can the grant funding be used?

The provision of grants is to be used for projects and initiatives that achieve the program’s stated objective and can include:

  • Support beneficiaries to prepare for Department of Transport licensing tests, including assistance with providing proof of identity documentation. 
  • Providing beneficiaries access to theory testing services. 
  • Providing beneficiaries access to a vehicle for supervision, instruction, and/or a practical driving assessment.
  • Providing driving instruction, or employing a driving instructor/s, where no such service, or access to such a service exists, is limited or is not culturally appropriate.
  • Providing beneficiaries access to volunteer supervisors, providing the volunteer supervisor is exempt from the requirements of Section 5(1) of the Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963.
  • Assisting beneficiaries with the costs associated with obtaining a driver’s licence where no other funding or subsidy is available.
  • Other projects that provide local solutions to local barriers that stop people completing the driver licensing process. This could include, but is not limited to, culturally appropriate service provision and the production of culturally appropriate learning materials.

Beneficiaries must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. In addition, beneficiaries must be:

  • Either unemployed, or employed but entitled to Centrelink payments
  • Live in locations where they can’t access appropriate driving instruction; or
  • Can demonstrate lack of access to appropriates vehicle, supervisor or driving instructors.

Grant applicants can further define the beneficiaries their project is designed to assist. 

Eligible items

The following items are available for funding:

  • Costs associated with providing a beneficiary access to a vehicle that will be used for driver supervision, instruction, and/or a practical driving assessment, including:
    • Purchase costs for a vehicle. This will be capped at $40,000 per vehicle. The grant assessment committee will consider a higher vehicle value if a strong justification is provided for the need of a particular vehicle. Second-hand vehicles may be purchased, but all vehicles must be 5-star ANCAP safety rated and suitable for the region and driving environment. If the vehicle is unrated by ANCAP the Euro NCAP rating will be considered. 
    • Transfer fees, vehicle licensing fees, comprehensive motor vehicle insurance, installation of dual/duplicate controls and maintenance costs to be capped at $10,000 per vehicle for 20 months. 
    • Lease costs 
    • Fuel costs capped at $200 per week to a total of $16,000 per vehicle for 20 months.
  • Costs associated with assisting a beneficiary through the licensing process, where no other funding or subsidy applies, will be capped at $1,300 per person and may include payment for the following (see current fee schedule):
    • cost of proof of identity documentation
    • theory testing
    • application fees
    • hazard perception testing
    • practical driving assessments
    • one-year driver’s licence fees
    • cost of driving lessons with external provider
    • other costs as approved
  • Costs associated with project administration capped at $45,000 including:
    • office equipment including computers, software, internet, printers/scanners, and telephones
    • project materials
    • project financial auditing fees
  • Costs associated with case management, mentoring, driving instruction and supervision may include:
    • Personnel costs, including salary for employees who complete hours in the car with beneficiaries capped at $95,000 per person.
    • Personal costs, including salary or percentage of salary, for employees who coordinate and administer the program.
    • Staff travel and accommodation to service remote and regional communities.
    • Nominal costs associated with providing a beneficiary access to local volunteer supervisors.
    • Costs associated with obtaining a National Police Clearance and Working with Children Check for staff
    • Staff training and licencing costs. 
    • Production of driver training program designed to meet the needs of a specific cohort (people with disabilities, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups, low literacy, young mothers etc.


  • Vehicles must be purchased by the Grantee. Payment to the Grantee for the vehicle will be made within 28 business days upon provision of an invoice and supporting documentation.
  • For all vehicles used in program delivery comprehensive vehicle insurance is required.
  • Applicants should demonstrate in their application how these costs will support the project’s delivery and how ongoing costs will be managed at the conclusion of grant funding.
  • The program will fund the costs associated with becoming a driving instructor, these costs should not be included in a project proposal. 

Ineligible items

The following items are not eligible for funding and will be automatically deducted from the grant offer if they are included in the application:

  • Replacement of existing assets, where that asset provides services for any other agency or organisation. 
  • Existing or ongoing organisational costs where these costs do not contribute to the expansion to new regions or beneficiaries of a demonstrated successful project. 
  • Third party insurance, public liability, and workers compensation insurance. 
  • Projects undertaken outside of the specified targeted regional area.
  • Office building fit-out, costs or maintenance.
  • Payment of beneficiaries’ fines or infringements.

Application process

Before completing the electronic submission, applicants are encouraged to:

  • read the Driving Access and Equity Program Grant Guidelines
  • read the Grant Funding Agreement
  • read the Frequently Asked Questions
  • contact the Driving Access and Equity Program Team via to discuss project proposals prior to submitting an application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the application is completed with appropriate supporting documents attached.

Approval of the grant does not guarantee the Department of Transport will approve milestone payments.

The Department of Transport may contact the applicant to clarify some points or obtain additional information during the assessment period.

Assessment of applications

The Department of Transport, in consultation with the Driving Access and Equity Program Grants Committee, will evaluate applications and make recommendations for approval to the Minister for Transport.

The Department reserve the right to use the assessment process to identify potential service providers for future negotiations including partnerships, contracts, or agreements. 

Applications will be assessed on the following selection criteria to calculate a total score out of 100:


  • Demonstrated understanding of the local issues and barriers hindering people from gaining their driver’s licence (15).
  • Strong project proposal outlining how an identified target group will be assisted to overcome a local barrier to gain their driver’s licence (15).
  • Project proposal that demonstrates ability to achieve one or more of the program’s objectives (15).
  • Demonstrated organisational capacity to deliver a new or expanded service that represents value for money (15).


  • Preference will be given to collaborative projects that work with project partners to deliver outcomes (10).
  • Preference will be given to projects where consultation was undertaken with the stakeholders and/or the community to inform the project (10).
  • Preference will be given to proposals from organisations that will assist beneficiaries to complete all the steps to get their licence (10).
  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate value for money (10).

Successful applicants

Successful applicants must complete the following administrative processes and demonstrate that the project/s have been completed to a satisfactory standard:

1. Acceptance of grant offer

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement Contract with the Department of Transport. This agreement contract will detail the obligations of both parties, including but not limited to funding and payment details, reporting requirements, communication protocols, agreed outcomes and acquittal conditions.

To be finalised within 2 weeks of being advised of grant offer.

2. Evaluation and reporting

The Department of Transport will routinely communicate with grant recipients to monitor the progress of the work. It is a requirement that grant recipients complete progress reports when requested by the Department. Recipients will be required to provide details of the beneficiaries involved in the grant projects and their progress towards gaining a driver’s licence, supported by agreed documentation.

During the project.

3. Grant payments

The grant payments will be made via milestone payments in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement Contract.

On provision of milestone reports as outlined in Grant Agreement Contract.

4. Project acquittal

An acquittal form will be provided by the Department to be submitted on completion of the project. A financial statement certified by an authorised signatory and with copies of invoices must be submitted with the final report or as per the terms of the Contract.

12 months after project commencement.

Conditions of funding agreements

Public acknowledgement

Applicants are required to seek the Department of Transport’s permission prior to making any media announcement regarding their grant. Media statements regarding the grant must mention the Driving Access and Equity Program’s contribution to the project.


All prices/costs presented in the application form and funding submission must be exclusive of GST.

Available funding

Grants will be provided for a period of up to 20 months following execution of the Grant Funding Agreement, with the potential for a 12 month extension dependant on available funds and project performance. Grants will not provide for ongoing costs associated with a program that receives a grant. 


Contact information

Regional Services
Department of Transport
GPO Box R1290
Perth WA 6844
Telephone: 0499 559 691

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