Driving Instructor

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Driving instructors teach learners to safely drive a manual or automatic motor vehicle and instruct in basic car control skills. They educate learners in understanding traffic laws, signs and road regulations, and help them to gain on-road driving practice. They also advise students as to when they are ready for FutureGrowthModerate their Practical Driving Assessment. Driving Instructors may specialise in heavy vehicles (Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction) or motor cycles (Motorcycle Riding Instruction). They may also specialise in areas such as defensive driving, driver re-education or advanced driving skills. 

ANZSCO description: Instructs individuals and groups in the theory and application of driving motor vehicles.

Alternative names: Driving Trainer, Driver Trainer, Heavy Vehicle Driving Instructor, Motor Cycle Driving Instructor

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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A driving instructor needs:

  • to be able to give clear and precise instructions
  • the ability to anticipate and react to traffic conditions quickly and safely
  • to be a safe, reliable and responsible driver
  • good interpersonal skills and enjoy working with people
  • a high level of patience
  • to be at least 21 years of age


Working Conditions

Many driving instructors work on a commission basis. They may work long and irregular hours, including weekends. A large number of driving instructors are self-employed, and many work on a part time basis.

Tools and technologies

​Driving instructors will often use vehicles that are converted to dual control (with pedals on the front passenger side). As they spend most of their time on the road with clients, many driving instructors use smart devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, to make appointments and organise their schedule.

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a driving instructor without formal qualifications. However, you will need to obtain a Driving Instructor’s Licence from the Department of Transport. You will need to complete a theory test and practical driving assessment, and also obtain a National Police Certificate.

To apply for a Driving Instructor’s licence you must have held an Australian Motor Driver’s Licence, in the appropriate class of licence for which you wish to teach, for at least three continuous years, with a clean driving record.

Did You Know?


There were 18.8 million registered motor vehicles in Australia as at 31 January 2017.
•The national vehicle fleet grew by 2.1 per cent between 2016 and 2017.
•Diesel powered vehicles constitute 22.2 per cent of the national fleet, up from 15.9 per cent in 2012.


Petrol powered vehicles decreased by 1.1 percentage points to 75.7 per cent of the national fleet.
•Diesel powered vehicles increased by 1.3 percentage points to 22.2 per cent of the Australian fleet and this category remains the fastest growing by fuel type.


Passenger vehicles account for 75.0 per cent of the national fleet, down 0.1 percentage points from 2016.
•Campervans reported the largest growth rate of any vehicle type, increasing by 4.5 per cent, followed by Light rigid trucks with 3.4 per cent.


Average age of all vehicles registered in Australia was 10.1 years, unchanged since 2015.
•Tasmanian vehicles reported the oldest average age at 12.8 years, whilst the Northern Territory had the youngest fleet with an average age of 9.2 years.

(Source: ABS)

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