Program overview

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

About the program

Driving Access and Equity Program logo

The Driving Access and Equity Program is funded by the State Government and managed by the Department of Transport. It helps disadvantaged learner drivers, particularly those in regional Western Australia, get their driverís licence

Grant support

Driving Access and Equity grants are available to eligible community-based organisations for initiatives that improve access to suitable driving services, instructors and vehicles.

Close to $3.5 million in grants has already been awarded to 12 organisations across the Kimberley and Pilbara to assist young people to obtain their driverís licence. In the second half of 2022 the program will deliver $2.4 million in grants to the Gascoyne and Mid West (Round 2) and the Goldfields-Esperance (Round 3).

Please note that Driving Access and Equity applications for Round 2 (Mid West and Gascoyne) and Round 3 (Goldfields-Esperance) have now closed. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of the assessment process once completed.

External Link SmartyGrants platform

Successful applications


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


Other program initiatives

The Driving Access and Equity Program has also supported the following initiatives:

  • Additional Department of Transport Remote Services Officers employed to deliver driver and vehicle licensing services to remote Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West, Gascoyne and Goldfields-Esperance communities.
  • Driver instructor training to increase access for learner drivers to qualified driving instructors.
  • The development of learner driver publications to 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: Fri Jan 20 2023 11:10:19 AM