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This project is developing a nationally applicable learning resource for pre-learner drivers. The resource will take the form of a tool kit that recognises the learning needs and styles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The project has been funded by Austroads through the Registration and Licensing Task Force. An Indigenous licensing working group is overseeing the project which has been awarded to Environment Land Heritage. New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia are active participants in the working group. The Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania are supportive and being kept informed of project progress.
The tool kit is particularly intended for use in remote communities and a sample tool kit will be tested with a distinct remote Indigenous community. Its aim is to increase the number of Indigenous people who obtain their learner driver permit and expand their knowledge about safe driving behaviour and appropriate behavioural responses to a range of situations experienced when driving in remote locations. This project will be completed in June 2012 after which time state and territory jurisdictions will be responsible for its implementation.
It is anticipated that future projects will address progressive steps in the driver licensing pathway, with the overall intentions of increasing the number of Indigenous people who obtain and retain a driver license and reducing the over representation of Indigenous people who are killed or seriously injured in crashes.
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