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Motor driving instructor's licence

You must hold the appropriate motor driving instructor's licence before you can train any driver for a fee or reward.

If you already hold an interstate driving instructor's licence and wish to operate in South Australia, you can apply for mutual recognition status.

How to apply

Before you begin

To become a motor driving instructor (MDI) you  must meet the following requirements:

  • hold a current South Australian driver's licence
  • have held an unconditional car licence for a minimum of two years with no disqualifications in that time
  • have held an Australian licence or a licence from an approved overseas country for a period totalling at least four years with no disqualifications in that time.

What else you’ll need

You’ll need to provide the following documents along with the application form:

Fill out and lodge the application

Fill out the application form 448.3 KB and lodge it at a Service SA customer service centre 

You will be sent a letter advising if your application has been accepted 

Training

Enrol with an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to complete one of the following courses:

  • the Certificate IV in Transport Logistics - Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction.
    As part of this certification, you must attend a Service SA customer service centre and pass the road law test for MDIs. To pass the road law test you must obtain a pass mark of 100 percent. MDI applicants must present their course application/enrolment form to undertake the test and have the Activity 3.2 Road Rules Knowledge Test document stamped.
  • the Certificate IV in Transport Logistics -Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction.

An Officer from the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) may be present during some of your training, including your final assessment.

You may be required to demonstrate to a DPTI Officer your ability to drive a manual vehicle and teaching skills before you are issued a motor driving instructor’s licence.

Literacy test

From March 2016 applicants won’t need to take a literacy test.  Instead, RTOs will determine if an applicant’s literacy and numeracy skills are suitable for the course, in line with Vocational Education Training (VET) sector requirements.

Getting your licence issued

Take a copy of your accredited course qualification and evidence of passing the road laws theory test to a Service SA customer service centre.

If everything is in order and you haven’t accumulated any convictions and still hold an unconditional driver's licence, you will be issued a motor driving instructors licence.

You cannot begin training clients until you receive your photo identification motor driving instructor’s licence.

Fees   

Road Law test at Service SA

$79.00

Motor Driving Instructors licence valid for five years

$475.00

Interstate driving instructors

If you hold a Certificate IV in Transport Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction) from another Australian state, you must satisfy all the pre-requisites for new applicants, complete an application form and undertake an assessment, which includes:

  • completing an on-road driving assessment in a class C vehicle with manual transmission
  • undertaking a commentary drive in a class C vehicle with manual transmission
  • prepare 20 session plans for instructing learner drivers
  • present five training sessions.

Fees

Road Law test via Service SA

$79.00

Motor Driving Instructors licence valid for five years

$475.00

Assessment

$221.00 per day plus $17 administration fee

Mutual Recognition

If you already hold an interstate motor driving instructor's licence and wish to operate in South Australia, you can apply for mutual recognition status.

Complete and submit the Application for Motor Driving Instructor’s Licence form along with:

In South Australia there are no gearbox restrictions for class car, therefore all motor driving instructors must demonstrate driving competency in a manual vehicle.

Enquiries will be made with the relevant State of issue to verify your motor driving instructor authority. Dependant on the outcome of this enquiry, you may be required to undertake an assessment drive in a manual vehicle.

Fees

Motor Driving Instructors licence valid for five years

$475.00

Assessment drive (if required)

$112.00  plus $17 administration fee

When a motor driving instructor’s licence is not required

Only trainers who teach others to drive for the purpose of that person obtaining a driver's licence of any class are required to hold a motor driving instructor licence.

Trainers who teach 4WD or defensive driving courses to people who already hold a driver’s licence, don’t need a Motor Driving Instructors licence. These courses are not related to the licensing of drivers as regulated under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.

Renewing an MDI Licence

A renewal notice and certificate of fitness form will be sent to you eight weeks before expiry of your current licence.

You must attend a Service SA customer service centre in person with the following:

Once your renewal application and supporting documentation are approved, a new licence will be sent to you, this can take up to two weeks. 

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct  was approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in September 2015 and has been endorsed by the Australian Driver Training Association of South Australia and the Professional Driver Trainers Association of South Australia.

The Code of Conduct is voluntary, however it outlines the minimum standards of practice expected of all licensed Motor Driving Instructors and appointed Authorised Examiners covering:

  • being honest and acting with integrity
  • having respect for others
  • being competent, and
  • managing business competently.

Consumer Law and Complaints

Motor driving instructors have certain business obligations. Under Australian Consumer Law a motor driving instructor must provide a receipt for any payment over $75 or on request.

A client may also request a receipt for less than $75 and one must be provided within seven days of asking or for an itemised account within 30 days of being billed.

Businesses providing a services may at some time, receive complaints. Consumer and Business Services provide information for businesses on handling complaints.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provides advice on making complaints and Consumer and Business Services has a complaints tool on their webpage.   

Disciplinary Action

Under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959 the Registrar of Motor Vehicles may take disciplinary action if “satisfied that the holder has been guilty of conduct making him or her unfit to hold such a licence”.

Some examples of conduct that the Registrar may consider for disciplinary action include:

  • any sexual assault of minors
  • offences or conduct while operating as a licensed motor driving instructor including:
  • sexual assault of a driving student including inappropriate conduct of a personal or sexual nature, sexual harassment
  • physical assault of a student or other persons related to the MDIs business operations ie student parent, other MDIs, authorised examiners or Government Officers
  • drug possession and trafficking
  • stalking of students, parents, other MDIs, authorised examiners or Government Officers
  • dishonesty and fraud or poor or unscrupulous business practices.

Further training for authorised examiners

Once you are an experienced motor driving instructor you may be eligible to undertake further training towards becoming an authorised examiner.


Related information

Contact

Standards and Accreditation
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001

Email: DPTI.LicenceStandardsandTraining@sa.gov.au

Page last updated: 24 March 2016