Driving instructors

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.

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.

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:

  • two passport-type photographs
  • two character references, not from a relative
  • a current (no more than three months old) National Police Clearance Certificate from an organisation that has been accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). A list of accredited organisations is updated regularly by ACIC and is available via its website, www.acic.gov.au
  • medical and eyesight certificate for all licence classes - fitness to drive light vehicles form (697.4 KB PDF).

How to apply

Driving instructor licence

1. Complete an application

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

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

2. Training

Enrol with an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or from an RTO listed on www.training.gov.au to complete one of the following courses:

  • Certificate IV in Transport Logistics - Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction, or
  • Certificate IV in Transport Logistics -Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction.

Either as part of your Certificate IV or separately, you must attend a Service SA customer service centre and pass the road law theory test for MDIs. To pass the road law theory test, you must obtain a pass mark of 100% for the give way questions and 95% for the remaining questions. Evidence that the road law theory test has been successfully completed will need to be submitted as part of your MDI application.

Either as part of your Certificate IV or separately, successfully complete a Motor Driving Instructor - Regulator Assessment. This assessment has three components and they run in order:

  1. Driving a manual vehicle in the relevant class, to novice Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A) standard. This includes demonstration of 100% compliance with Australian Road Rules and 80% minimum compliance with low risk driving behaviours. This is based on the requirements of a CBT&A Final Drive in the class you choose (car or heavy vehicle) and includes demonstration of safety components.
  2. A clearly communicated commentary drive; identifying hazards, safe driving strategies and applicable road laws during the drive.
  3. Competently delivering up to four Tasks from the relevant manual including two tasks of your choice. While session plans aren’t mandatory, you must use the manual and the training delivered must still demonstrate the following:
    1. Planning
    2. Introduction
    3. Demonstration
    4. Feedback

Failure to demonstrate any of these components will result in an immediate fail and you will have to rebook and complete any outstanding requirements of the regulator assessment.

Please note: Details of novice driver standard and Tasks can be located at:

For Class C (car):

For heavy vehicle classes:

Literacy test

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

3. 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

ServiceFee

Road Law test at Service SA

$79.00

Motor Driving Instructors licence valid for five years

$475.00

Transfer interstate licence

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

Complete an application form (448.3 KB PDF) 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

ServiceFee

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. Dependent on the outcome of this enquiry, you may be required to undertake an assessment drive in a manual vehicle.

Mutual recognition fees

ServiceFee

Motor Driving Instructors licence valid for five years

$475.00

Assessment (if required)

$112.00  plus $17 administration fee

Renew your 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:

  • the completed renewal notice
  • a completed certificate of fitness to drive light vehicles form (697.4 KB PDF)
  • a current (no more than three months old) National Police Clearance Certificate from an organisation that has been accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). A list of accredited organisation’s is updated regularly by ACIC and is available via their website, www.acic.gov.au
  • the prescribed fee
  • evidence that you have completed the road law theory test, unless otherwise indicated on the renewal notice.

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

Once you have a licence

Code of conduct

The Code of Conduct (256.7 KB PDF) 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 - see 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


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Page last updated 19 November 2018

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