The Graduated Licensing Scheme used in South Australia is designed to provide a progressive learning experience that’s safe for you and other road users.
What the progressive learning experience means is that new drivers have to complete a number of assessments and accumulate plenty of driving experience under different conditions before being allowed to progress to a full licence.
The first step in the Graduated Licensing Scheme is the Learner’s Permit. Below, we’ll go through:
In order to get a learner’s permit, you must first pass a multiple-choice theory test, often referred to as the ‘Knowledge Test’ or ‘Learner’s Permit Knowledge Exam’. The test is about safe driving practices and road rules and consists of a total of 50 questions. You need to get all 8 give-way questions correct & at least 32 of the 42 multiple-choice questions.
Once you have completed the learner’s test, congrats! You can now begin driving under supervision.
There are two ways you can advance to a Provisional P1 Licence:
Regardless of which option you choose, you must pass the Hazard Perception Test and keep a record of at least 75 supervised driving hours (including at least 15 night hours) before being allowed to progress to the P1 Provisional Licence. The Hazard Perception Test will test your ability to respond and react to hazardous situations.
There are different minimum holding periods depending on your age. In order to advance to the P1 Provisional Licence, a learner’s permit must be held for a minimum of 1 year by those under 25 years of age, or for 6 months by those over 25.
Learner’s permits are valid for 2 year periods and issued subject to restrictions and conditions.
There are several restrictions for drivers on a learner’s permit. Breaching a restriction will incur penalties (e.g. fines, demerit points or even loss of licence).
The restrictions include:
There are also conditions placed on your permit that you must not breach. Breaching a condition will result in you being disqualified from driving and in turn lose the learner’s permit.
The conditions state that you must not:
If you need additional info about the learner’s permit theory test or the Graduated Licensing Scheme, be sure to check out our Learner’s Permit Prep Courses that contain all the info you need about driving and passing the Theory Test.
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