Program overview

Find out more about the State Governmentís plans to help disadvantaged learner drivers get their driverís licence.

About the program

Many learner drivers in regional WA struggle to access appropriately licensed driving supervisors, instructors and vehicles to complete the requirements to obtain a driverís licence.

The Driving Access and Equity program consists of a suite of initiatives that help people become safe and employable drivers by supporting disadvantaged people to enter and participate in the licensing process and exit with a driverís licence. 

Grant support

The Driving Access and Equity Grant Program provides grants to local organisations for driver training and support initiatives. The initiatives are tailored to community needs to help overcome barriers that may prevent people from obtaining a driverís licence. The first round of grant funding opened in November 2021 and resulted in $3.5 million being allocated to 12 organisations across the Pilbara and Kimberley. Two further rounds are planned for 2022. 

Successful applicants:


Organisation Project location Project name Approved funding
Kullarri Regional Communities Indigenous Corporation

Dampier Peninsula

Driving Access and Equity Ė Kullarri Region $554,000
Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation

Pandanus Park

Driving Mowanjum $151,200
Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation Broome Nirrumbuk Driver Training and Licensing Program $172,265
Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres Inc. Broome Drive to the Future - Broome $195,400
Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation Derby Winun Ngari Driver Program $224,000
Wunan Foundation Inc Kununurra, Halls Creek, Kalumburu, Balgo Mission, Wyndham Driving Change Project East Kimberley $773,000
TOTAL     $2,069,865


Organisation Project location Project name Approved funding
Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation

To be confirmed

Learn to Drive $310,000
Bloodwood Tree Association Inc Port Hedland, South Hedland, Tom Price, Newman, Marble Bar Enhanced Driver Training and Education For The East Pilbara $428,083
Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation Roebourne, Wickham, Karratha Teaching our Community to be Safe Responsible Drivers $141,258
Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation Roebourne, Wickham, Karratha Pilbara Ryde Program - Expansion Initiative $141,788
Shire of East Pilbara


Newman RYDE $79,235
Youth Involvement Council

South Hedland

Drive2Thrive $300,000
TOTAL     $1,400,364

As well as grants, the program has doubled the number of officers employed to deliver driver and vehicle licensing services to remote Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West communities from five to 10, with all of those officers now working.

The additional officers will allow DoT to visit more remote communities and increase the volume of visits to communities they already service, as well as increase the level of services and driver education provided while in communities.

Work is also underway to provide bespoke publications for the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, which will assist people where English is not their first language or literacy is a barrier to obtaining their learner's permit or driver's licence.


Phone: 0499 559 691



Page last updated: Thu Apr 28 2022 5:59:16 PM