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Driving instructor FAQs

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General information

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Do driving instructors and students need to wear face masks? (updated 25/6/21)

Yes. Driving instructors and students must wear a face mask. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth.

For information on face masks, see here.

A face mask is not required to be worn in some circumstances and when a lawful exemption exists. Lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face mask can be found here. A medical certificate stating that a person has a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask is not required. If a person has a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask, they do not need to apply for an exemption or permit. If stopped by police in a setting where face masks are mandatory, they may be asked to confirm the lawful reason for not wearing a face mask.

Service Victoria QR Code Requirement - Record keeping

Are driving instructors required to use the Service Victoria QR code in their vehicle?

Yes. Driving instructors are required to use the Service Victoria QR code in their vehicle whenever the vehicle is being used to provide professional driving instruction.

Driving instructors, students and anyone else that enters the vehicle during a lesson should check-in using the Service Victoria QR code.

For drive tests, driving instructors and students must check-in using the VicRoads QR code at the Customer Service Centre or Licence Testing Centre. VicRoads staff, including Licence Testing Officers, do not need to check-in to a driving instructor’s vehicle for a drive test as their details are already collected by VicRoads.

The Service Victoria QR code specifically for commercial passenger vehicles should be used – this allows you to register a vehicle instead of a venue. You can register for one here.

What if driving instructors or students are not able to check-in using the Service Victoria QR code?

If a driving instructor is not able to check-in with the Service Victoria QR code (does not have a smartphone) the following should be recorded: time, date and vehicle driven by the driving instructor when providing instruction. This can be recorded by the driving instructor and/or their employer.

If a student is not able to check-in with the Service Victoria QR code (does not have a smartphone) CPVV recommends:

  • If the driving instructor has a smartphone they can check-in the student using the Service Victoria QR code.
  • If the student has booked the lesson in advance, the driving instructor and/or employer can keep a record of the lesson.
  • This information can be provided to the Department of Health if required for contact tracing purposes.

Vaccine

Are driving instructors eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. Further information on the vaccine program can be found here.

If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to continue to be COVIDSafe?

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.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • 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.

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.