The new rules are based on two levels of provisional licences, each with different conditions and requirements:

P1 Provisional Licence. A P1 licence allows the holder to drive a car when supervised by someone at least 21 years old (who has held an Australian driver’s licence for at least three years) and holds the appropriate class of licence. Holders of this licence level must not rack up six or more demerit points during their first 12 months of holding the licence.

P2 Provisional Licence. A P2 licence allows the holder to drive a car when supervised by someone at least 21 years old (who has held an Australian driver’s licence for at least three years) and holds the appropriate class of licence. Holders of this licence level can rack up six or more demerit points before the licence is suspended.

How to apply for a P1 Provisional Licence

To qualify for a P1 Provisional Licence, learner drivers will need to:

Be 16 and 9 months old (or older if their state has an equivalent age requirement). Have held a Victorian Learner’s permit for at least 12 months, completed 120 hours of supervised driving (including 20 hours at night). Passed a computerised hazard test (a touch-screen test that allows prospective drivers to demonstrate they can identify potential hazards on the road) and an eyesight test.

Learner drivers will also need to complete an additional 12 hours of supervised driving once they’ve completed the VicRoads’ online course. The extra 12 hours must include at least six hours of night driving.

A P1 licence can be issued after completion of steps 1 – 4 and a practical driving test.

How to apply for a P2 Provisional Licence

To qualify for a P2 Provisional Licence, learner drivers will need to:

Be 17 years old (or older if their state has an equivalent age requirement). Have held a Victorian P1 Provisional Licence for at least 12 months. Completed 150 hours of supervised driving (including 30 hours at night). Passed the hazard test and the eyesight test. Completed any additional required training, e.g. defensive driving course.

Learner drivers will also have to have no demerit points on their licence when they apply for this level of provisional licence.

A P2 Provisional Licence can be issued after completion of steps 1 – 4 and the hazard test. The conditions that all P1 Provisional Licences also apply to people with a P2 Provisional licence.

What’s next?

There is no age requirement for the learners test in Victoria so that drivers can test at any age; however, it does take time to prepare for and complete all of the required tests, so ensure you allow enough time to practice before attempting a test.