Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Further $1.6 million to support learner drivers in Pilbara and Kimberley

    24/03/2022 5:30 PM
    • Six projects across Kimberley and Pilbara to share in $1.6 million Driving Access and Equity pilot program funds
    • Support initiatives to improve access to a driver's licence and employment in regional WA
    • Second round of funding brings total program investment to more than $3.4 million
    • Key outcome from McGowan Government's 2021 Skills Summit  

    Six projects in the Pilbara and Kimberley will share in $1.6 million of funding from the Driving Access and Equity pilot program.


    The program supports initiatives to improve access to a driver's licence and employment opportunities for young people in regional WA, with $900,600 allocated to projects in the Kimberley and $689,000 allocated to Pilbara projects.


    The additional funding brings total investment in the program to more than $3.4 million, and will be used to employ more qualified driving instructors and supervisors, increase access to safe vehicles and provide culturally appropriate education and mentoring.


    Work is also underway with Aboriginal translation services to produce publications for learner drivers who speak English as a second language, or for whom literacy is a barrier.


    The Driving Access and Equity pilot program was established last year following the McGowan Government's Skills Summit where lack of access to driving services, instructors and eligible vehicles was highlighted as a key barrier for youth employment in regional areas.


    The Kimberley and Pilbara regions were prioritised for program support after being identified as having a high concentration of disadvantaged drivers.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "We know how important access to a driver's licence is - not only does it lead to more opportunities for employment, but also provides a sense of achievement and pride.


    "I saw first-hand how important access to a driver's licence is last year when I visited Halls Creek - I am so proud we have already allocated $3.4 million to multiple projects throughout the Kimberley and the Pilbara.


    "This project has so many real benefits for people living in the Pilbara and Kimberley, and has already doubled the number of officers employed to deliver driver and vehicle licensing services to remote Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West communities."


    Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:


    "I am so pleased there has been another $689,000 allocated to Pilbara organisations in this round of funding.


    "A driver's licence opens up so many opportunities for our young people - work, education and fun.


    "I look forward to seeing these projects getting underway."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:


    "I know what a difference a driver's licence makes for a young person, especially in the Kimberley.


    "I am so proud there is now more than $2 million worth of funding allocated towards significant projects in the Kimberley.


    "This will make a huge difference for so many young people and open up so many new opportunities."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500



    Project locationProject name Approved funding
    Dampier Peninsula
    Driving Access and Equity pilot program delivered by Kullarri Regional Communities Indigenous Corporation $554,000
    Pandanus Park
    Driving Mowanjum delivered by Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation $151,200
    BroomeDrive to the Future – delivered by WA PCYC $195,400
     Total $900,600



    Project locationProject name Approved funding
    To be confirmed Learn to Drive delivered by Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation $310,000
    NewmanNewman RYDE delivered by the Shire of East Pilbara$79,235
    South HedlandDrive2Thrive delivered by Youth Involvement Council $300,000
     Total $689,235