Aspiring drivers get behind the keyboard before getting behind the wheel

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Regional Victoria’s aspiring drivers are now able to undertake their learner’s permit test online, but there is a catch — the exam takes several hours to complete.

The entire test takes between four and six hours to complete but participants have 12 months to sit and pass it online.

They can only pass if they answer 90 per cent of the questions correctly.

After a successful trial in Gippsland last month, the online system is being rolled out to the rest of country Victoria, before it begins in Melbourne by the end of June.

The test was compiled after feedback from driving instructors, and replaces the old 32-question test, which had to be taken at a VicRoads centre, with participants needing to score 78 per cent in order to pass.

Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas said it was essential for aspiring drivers to understand how important it was to be safe behind the wheel.

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The new online learner’s permit test takes participants between 4 and 6 hours to complete before they can get behind the wheel with a supervisor. (



16-year-old Riddells Creek resident Georgia Bray is in the middle of her test, and says she is learning plenty about road safety.

“It’s almost like a course, so you have more time to read more information that is important about driving on the roads,” Ms Bray said.

“It’s better to be safe than just read through a book and worry about getting the questions right.

“It gives you a rundown of the statistics, explains how to be safe on the road and that it’s really important that you understand about … the risks.”

Victorian Transport Minister Ben Caroll said putting the test online removed barriers people faced in getting their learner’s permit, such as living long distances from VicRoads testing centres and limited appointment times.

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Roads Minister Ben Carroll (middle) and Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas (right) speak to Georgia Bray about the online learner’s permit test. (

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“Every death is one too many on our roads, every death is preventable, and that’s why we are putting so much investment into our campaign for learners.

“In regional Victoria, you have high speed limits, high-volume roads, freight movement – it’s vitally important those doing the test take their time,” Mr Carroll said.