Learner and probationary drivers

As new drivers on our roads, it is important for Learner drivers and Probationary drivers to know the additional rules that apply, not matter whether you are driving or riding a motorbike, and wherever in Australia your travels take you.

This section covers:

Drivers licenses

RACV has been a strong advocate of the Graduated Licensing System for learner and probationary drivers, which is a license system aimed at creating safer drivers. This system for learner and probationary drivers includes mandatory 120 hours of training, peer passenger restrictions and tougher mobile phone restrictions.

For more information visit VicRoads website.

Motorcycle licenses

See the section motorcycle riders.

Victorian learner and probationary drivers travelling interstate

There are rules that learner and probationary drivers need to be aware of when travelling interstate. For example some states require learner drivers to travel at a speed limit lower than the posted speed limit. One example is NSW where:

  • learner drivers with a NSW license are not allowed to travel at more than 90km/h where the posted speed limit is above 90km/h.
  • learner drivers with a Victorian license are allowed to drive at up to the posted speed limit.

These rules are not always clear for motorists travelling interstate, and RACV has taken up the matter with VicRoads and the National Transport Commission, in an effort to make things clearer for learner and probationary drivers. We are continuing our work to clarify the rules in this area.

For information on the rules that apply, contact the road authority in the state you are travelling into. Where possible, we have provided links to this information below.

Victorian Learner drivers travelling interstate

  • Victorian Learner drivers travelling into NSW.
  • There is no available information for other states and territories.

Other Learner drivers travelling interstate

Victorian probationary drivers travelling interstate

  • There is no available information for other states and territories.

Other Learner drivers travelling interstate

Motorcycle learner and probationary riders

  • At this stage we do not have any clear advice for learner or probationary motorcycle riders travelling interstate.

RACV recommends printing out the current advice for the state or territory you plan to travel in, and take it with you to avoid any confusion if you are pulled over by local police.

If the information above doesn’t help, RACV recommends contacting the road authority for the state or territory you plan to drive into. We have provided links to their websites below. You might like to send us a copy of any reply you receive, as we collate more information on this issue.

More information