Driving instructor FAQs

  • Good news for CPV drivers, bus drivers and driving instructors – you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Read more.

Can I renew my driving instructor authorisation?

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), CPVV have paused issuing renewals for currently authorised driving instructors. This means some driving instructors will be authorised, but may not be in possession of an up-to-date Authority card or ID card to prove this. To check whether a driving instructor is currently authorised, please visit the Public Register and enter their DIA number.

Can driving instructors provide their services? (update 15/4/21)

Driving instructors are allowed to operate.

There are no restrictions relating to where in Victoria the instructor operates or who they can provide their services to.

All businesses and industries permitted to operate in Victoria must follow the COVIDSafe principles:

  • ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • practice good hygiene
  • keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • avoid interactions in enclosed spaces where possible
  • create workforce bubbles

All businesses in Victoria that have people working on or customers attending any premises must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place..

Each industry will also have a different restriction level depending on which step we are in. They are detailed in the links below:

Is CPVV offering any financial help to authorised driving instructors during the pandemic?

CPVV appreciates the financial difficulties that many Victorians are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To assist, we are pausing the driving instructor authority renewal fees until further notice. This includes any renewal invoice received recently. Please do not pay these until further notice.

Are driving instructors and students required to wear face masks? (updated 15/4/21)

No. However, you must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

For information about requirements related to drive tests, please visit the VicRoads website here.

Do CPV industry cleaning laws apply to driving instructors?

Vehicle cleaning laws for the CPV industry are in effect from 18 November 2020.

These laws do not apply to driving instructors. But you should still clean regularly and follow all advice from the Department of Health.

Our infographic on the safest way to clean CPVs may also be useful for you:

Reduce the risk - how to clean CPVs PDF, 840.4 KB

Please also note that VicRoads requires you to clean your vehicle prior to the commencement of each drive test. This includes general cleanliness and sanitation of key touch points on the vehicle, including car door handles, steering wheel, handbrake and seatbelts. Please ensure if a test is terminated, a sanitation is conducted of the vehicle controls prior to taking over from the applicant. For more information see the VicRoads website here.

Do I need to make hand sanitiser available for students?

An approved hand sanitiser must be available to CPV passengers for every CPV trip that starts in Victoria. Driving instructors are not required to have hand sanitiser in their vehicle, but we strongly recommend it.

We also recommend using a hand sanitiser with more than 60% alcohol content - in line with CPV industry laws.

What is a workforce bubble?

In creating a workforce bubble you should keep groups of workers rostered on the same shifts and limit the number of workers working across multiple sites.

Details of workforce bubbles are outlined as part of a COVIDSafe Plan.

Do driving instructors need a COVIDSafe Plan?

Yes. All businesses in Victoria that have people working on or customers attending any premises must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.

A driving instructor providing lessons in their vehicle is considered to have on-site operations under these restrictions.

What requirements do driving instructors have to have in place to operate? (updated 15/4/21)

For a driving instructor to operate, you must:

  • clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in your vehicle with recommended products, after each lesson
  • comply with your COVIDSafe Plan
  • not attend work if you are unwell or displaying even the mildest of symptoms. If you have symptoms, however mild, get tested and then stay home until you get your result.

Keeping a record of passengers

Are driving instructors required to keep records of passengers that enter their vehicle?

Yes. Driving Instructors are required to keep records of passengers that are in their vehicle for 15 minutes or longer whenever the vehicle is being used to provide a professional driving instructor service.

Driving Instructors can use a digital or paper-based solution as long as it meets DHHS contact tracing requirements. This information is stored for 28 days. If you are using a pen and paper, pens used to record details should be wiped with an alcohol wipe between users. Customers should be encouraged to use their own pen, if they have one, to minimise the sharing of pens.

Can driving instructors use a QR code to meet this requirement?

Yes. You should use the CPV specific QR code which you can register for here. Another digital solution is also able to be used as long as it meets DHHS contact tracing requirements, see here.

Please note that if you choose to use another QR code system, it must be compatible with the Victorian Government’s Visitation API (Application Program Interface).

Vaccine

Are driving instructors eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. Driving instructors are eligible for the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccines are free for all Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa holders.

You will be advised by CPVV via text or email of when and where you can get your COVID-19 vaccination. Please await further advice.

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination program started in Victoria on 22 February 2021. Read more about the program that is underway. The COVID-19 vaccines will become available in phases. Learn about the priority groups and who will receive the first doses here.

If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to continue to be COVIDSafe? (update 15/4/21)

Yes. COVIDSafe practices remain vital for everyone whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. No vaccine is 100 per cent effective. We must all remain COVIDSafe.

This means Driving Instructors should:

  • Keep records of students in your vehicle. More information on record keeping requirements for Driving Instructors can be found here.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in your vehicle with recommended products, after each lesson.
  • Comply with your COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Not attend work if you are unwell or displaying even the mildest of symptoms. If you have symptoms, however mild, get tested and then stay home until you get your result.

Please keep playing your part in keeping everyone safe. This means:

  • If you have any symptoms, get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.
  • Make sure you get tested regularly (at least every eight weeks), even if you don’t have symptoms.

Please also note that VicRoads requires you to clean your vehicle prior to the commencement of each drive test. This includes general cleanliness and sanitation of key touch points on the vehicle, including car door handles, steering wheel, handbrake and seatbelts. Please ensure if a test is terminated, a sanitation is conducted of the vehicle controls prior to taking over from the applicant. For more information see the VicRoads website here.

Where can I find information on the COVID-19 vaccine program in another language?

Information on the vaccine program is available in multiple languages and can be found here.

Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine as a driving instructor?

No. You can continue to be a driving instructor without receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. The Australian Government’s policy is that receiving a vaccination is voluntary, although it aims to have as many Australians vaccinated as possible.

There are, however, limited circumstances where an employer may require their employees to be vaccinated. You can find more information here on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines?

These vaccines have been shown to prevent disease, serious illness and death.

Find out more about the efficacy of the vaccine here.

Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine as a driving student?

No. You can continue to take driving lessons without receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines. The Australian Government’s policy is that receiving a vaccination is voluntary, although it aims to have as many Australians vaccinated as possible.

Can I require that my student has a COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Students are not required to provide proof that they have had a vaccine to take lessons.