The VicRoads Safe Driving Program is a court mandated program for offenders who have been found guilty of certain high risk driving offences.
This group program, provides factual information on high risk driving and its consequences and encourages participants to think about their beliefs, motivations and behaviour, and identify how to change their behaviour and plan to avoid future unsafe driving.
The program is only available to court mandated individuals. (i.e. have been ordered by the court to complete the Safe Driving Program)
Accessing Services Remotely
VicRoads Safe Driving Program will be offered through a combination of videolink as well as some face to face groups. This will allow us to cater for those living in areas where attendance is difficult e.g. rural and regional areas, and also for those who may not meet the criteria for attending in person. It is expected that all other participants will attend face to face groups.
For the online groups we will provide an online link to our tool Zoom. We can deliver programs and individual counselling virtually via this platform. Our group programs will have a maximum of 6 participants. We will provide instructions on how to access our services online prior to the sessions. You can use your mobile phone, laptop or a desktop computer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 543 396 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VicRoads Safe Driving Program Completion Certificate
Participants who successfully complete the program will be issued with a Safe Driving Program Completion Certificate (SDPCC). This certificate will then need to be submitted to VicRoads as evidence of successful completion of the Safe Driving Program.
The Safe Driving Program is a program approved by VicRoads under the Road Safety Act 1986. Relationship Matters is one of a number of providers approved by VicRoads to deliver Safe Driving Programs to offenders. More details can be found on the VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
IMPORTANT – ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST READ THE FOLLOWING
1. Conditions of Entry
(a) Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination status
All participants attending face to face groups must be double vaccinated to attend the office.
(b) Proof of Identification
All participants must provide photographic proof of identification prior to entry into the program. This may be a license or passport. Participants also need to bring with them correspondence from VicRoads and their Court Order. The identification documentation will be sighted and copied by an authorised Relationship Matters staff member.
(c) Full Fee Payment
Full fee payment must be received and processed prior to the start of the program.
The fees for the Safe Driving Program comprise of:
- $527 administrative levy which Relationship Matters must charge on behalf of VicRoads. This covers the costs of establishing and managing the program in line with government commitments that participants will pay all costs associated with the scheme.
- $318 program attendance fee (inclusive of GST)
Total Fee Payable: $845
The program fee can be processed online or at a Relationship Matters branch via cash, EFTPOS or credit card (VISA or Mastercard).
All participants must arrive at the Relationship Matters branch at least 30 minutes prior to the program commencement to complete the administration requirements and attend the program. All participants must arrive back on time for the subsequent session after any breaks. Any participant who is 20 minutes late for the commencement of the program will not be permitted entry to that program.
Any registered participants who arrive intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, or display signs of aggression or place the safety of other participants, the facilitators or property at risk will be denied entry or ejected from the program.
2. Cancellation Policy
(a) Minimum Participant Numbers
It is a requirement of the VicRoads Safe Driving Program that a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 participants are enrolled in the program. In the event that less than 4 participants are registered for a program, participants will be transferred to another scheduled program date or issued with a refund.
(b) Program Cancellation
Relationship Matters reserves the right to cancel the program. In the event that the program is cancelled, all registered participants will be contacted by telephone and transferred to another scheduled program date or issued with a refund.
(c) Participant Cancellations and ‘No Shows’.
If a participant cancels their enrolment more than 7 days prior to the program date, a transfer or refund will be issued. No refunds of Relationship Matters’ program fee ($318) will be issued for cancellations made within 7 days of the program date or for registered participants who fail to show for the program or are ejected from the program due to behaviour.