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Aboriginal people in South Australia are five times more likely to die from a road crash than non-Aboriginal people and issues such as licensing, custodial sentences, employment and life expectancy for Aboriginal people are all linked.
Additionally, Aboriginal people can face a variety of difficulties in obtaining a licence, including the cost of driver training and licence fees, access to roadworthy vehicles and driving supervisors, literacy and numeracy skills, and cultural factors.
In recognition of these issues, the department works with other government partners, such as the Department of Health and South Australia Police, to reduce safety risks for Aboriginal people. An Aboriginal driver licensing program was established from 2011.
Abstract adapted from Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure South Australia
Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, South Australia