Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Learner Driver Programme Reaches Record Milestone

Media Release


12 March 2014

The national learner driver programme keys2drive is today celebrating delivering 250,000 lessons to learner drivers across Australia, supporting new drivers to be safer on our roads.

The keys2drive programme, which would have lapsed under the previous government, helps learner drivers gain quality on-the-road experience and develop safe driving skills.

Through keys2drive, learner drivers and their supervisors can register for a free driving lesson with an accredited driving instructor.

Reaching the 250,000 lesson milestone shows learner drivers nationwide are enthusiastic about the programme and understand the importance of developing their abilities.

An important part of the programme is to assist supervisors, mainly parents, to become better informed and more confident as trainers.

Crash statistics have shown that P-plate drivers are especially vulnerable in the early stages of solo driving after they graduate from Ls to Ps.

To address these statistics, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) developed keys2drive with funding from the Australian Government and support from the driver training industry.

Initiatives like this coupled with the Australian Government’s ambitious infrastructure investment programme, including $500 million to begin a full upgrade of South Road within a decade, clearly demonstrates our commitment to improving road quality and safety throughout Australia.

I encourage all learner drivers and their driving supervisors to take up the opportunity of a free keys2drive lesson.

To find out more about keys2drive, or for information on how to book a free driving lesson, visit