Driving instructor FAQs

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.

Roadmap for reopening

General

Can driving instructors provide their services under the roadmap for reopening?

Driving instructors are allowed to operate under each step of the roadmap for reopening. But requirements may be different for each step and where in Victoria the instructor operates. There may also be restrictions on who they can provide their services to.

Regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne each have their own roadmaps for reopening. Moving to the next step is dependent on public health advice. For the latest information on restrictions in your area, visit:

Current restrictions - metropolitan Melbourne

Current restrictions - regional Victoria

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

  • ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • wear a fitted face mask
  • 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 must also have a COVIDSafe plan.

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

What is a workforce bubble?

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

Fill details of workforce bubbles are outlined as part of a COVIDSafe plan.

Do driving instructors need a COVIDSafe plan?

Yes. All businesses must have a COVIDSafe plan if they have onsite operations in Victoria. A driving instructor providing lessons in their vehicle is considered to have onsite operations under these restrictions.

What requirements do driving instructors have to have in place to operate?

For a driving instructor to operate in any Step of the roadmap, you must:

  • Wear a fitted face mask when you leave home and when working (unless you have a lawful reason not to). If you are driving alone or only travelling with people from your household, you do not need to wear a face mask. However, if you are going through a drive-thru, or are winding down your window to speak to someone, you must wear a fitted face mask. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth.
  • 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.

Metropolitan

Who can provide driving instruction under the Second Step of the industry roadmap for reopening?

For light vehicle learner drivers within metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step, driving practice is now permitted when you are leaving home for one of the four permitted reasons, such as going to the shops, permitted work and providing care. A lesson must be taken with a member of the learner driver’s household. Driving solely for the purpose of practice is still not permitted.

For light vehicle learner drivers within metropolitan Melbourne, professional driving lessons are not permitted reasons to leave home at this time.

Under Second Step restrictions, professional driver training can only continue if it is necessary for the operations of a permitted workplace - if for instance you need a specific driving licence to undertake a designated role at a permitted workplace. If professional driver training needs to occur for this allowed reason, a valid Permitted Worker Permit must be held by both the instructor and the learner; and face masks must be worn at all times.

What do current restrictions under the Second Step of the industry roadmap for reopening mean for licensed driving instructors in metropolitan Melbourne?

Professional driving instructors must follow the requirements of the ‘restricted’ industry restriction level. Under the ‘restricted’ industry level you must;

  • ensure physical distancing
  • practice good hygiene
  • keep records and act quickly if staff become unwell; and
  • create workforce bubbles.

See Metro Melbourne industry restriction levels.

Do licensed driving instructors need a worker permit?

Yes. Under the Second Step of the roadmap for reopening you may only operate if you have a Permitted Worker Permit. You can find information about how to obtain a permit here.

If you are a sole trader, you can issue a Permitted Worker Permit and sign it as both the employer and employee.

Where can a licensed driving instructor provide a driving lesson?

If you live in Metropolitan Melbourne, under the Second Step of the roadmap you can only provide a driving lesson for a permitted reason, such as where it is necessary for the operations of a permitted workplace – if for instance the learner needs a specific driving licence to undertake a designated role at a permitted workplace.

You can only travel within Metropolitan Melbourne.

Regional

Can driving instructors operate under the Third Step of the Roadmap for reopening?

Yes. Under the Third Step, driving instructors can provide lessons to any learner driver. A learner driver does not have to qualify for hardship testing or be taking a priority test.

However, instructors must follow the requirements of the ‘open with a COVIDSafe plan’ industry restriction level.

Under the ‘open with a COVIDSafe plan’ level you must;

  • ensure staff can work from home wherever possible
  • apply density quotient for some settings
  • ensure staff follow current public health directions when carpooling.

See Regional Victoria industry restriction levels.

The instructor does not need a Permitted Worker Permit under the Third Step and the learner driver does not need a Permitted Worker Permit to demonstrate that the test is being take for the purposes of operating a permitted workplace.

Where can a driving instructor provide a driving lesson? (Updated 22/10/20)

If you live in regional Victoria under the Third Step of the roadmap, you can provide a driving lesson in this area.

A driving instructor from metropolitan Melbourne can provide a driving lesson in regional Victoria but only if they have a permitted worker permit – this must be on them at all times. The restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne continue to apply to you while you are outside metropolitan Melbourne and in regional Victoria.

Other travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne is not permitted unless essential.