Older Driver Assessment
A Driving Instructor who has held their Instructor’s licence for a minimum of three years can apply to the Roads and Maritime Services to become an Older Driver Assessor in order to conduct Older Driver Assessment for Class C licence holders. This page provides information for existing Driving Instructors interested in becoming an Older Driver Assessor.
What is an Older Driver Assessment?
An Older Driver Assessment is a driving assessment for Class C licence holders aged 75 and over who have been requested to undertake a driving assessment. This assessment can be provided by a Roads and Maritime Officer or by an Accredited Older Driver Assessor.
Customers aged 75 and over who need to complete a driving assessment due to a recommendation by a medical practitioner may be assessed by either Roads and Maritime or an Accredited Older Driver Assessor (Class C licence only). In these cases the customer must complete a driving assessment regardless of whether they hold a modified licence.
Assessors require the Training and Assessment qualification:
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (course code TAE40110) including units
- TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
- TAEASS402 Assess competence
- TAAASS401 Plan and organise assessment and TAAASS402 Assess competence, or an approved equivalent.
The assessment qualifications TAEASS401 and TAEASS402 can be gained through most TAFE Institutions, many community colleges and Registered Training Organisations.
Assessors require an unrestricted driving instructor licence and a minimum of three years' tenure*.
Holders of 'restricted' driving instructor licences will need to upgrade to become an assessor. However, tenure on the 'restricted' licence will be recognised.
*Note: For Ex Roads and Maritime Services Driver Testing Officers who wish to become an Older Driver Assessor:
- If you are unable to meet the minimum 3 years’ experience as a Driving Instructor, you will be required to go through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process for driver training experience to further determine your suitability to become an Older Driver Assessor
- You will also need to provide a curriculum vitae of your work history.
As an Accredited Older Driver Assessor you will need to demonstrate you have the required personal skills through the understanding and certification of:
- The Roads and Maritime Fit and Proper Person Policy
- Code of Conduct for Older Driver Assessment
- Industry Code of Practice from your industry association.
You will also be required to successfully complete a Roads and Maritime Older Driver Assessment course that will include a pre-course and post course assessment.
As an Accredited Older Driver Assessor, you need to hold:
- $10 million public liability insurance and
- $1 million professional indemnity insurance
- Comprehensive vehicle insurance
- Workers compensation as required by law.
Applying to become an Older Driver Assessor
- To apply, you will need to complete the Application for Older Driver Assessment and submit it together with certified copies of the following supporting documentation to ODAWorkshop@rms.nsw.gov.au
- An ACN or ABN Certificate
- A current unrestricted Australian Driver Licence
- A current NSW Driving Instructor licence (Class C)
- A current certificate TAEASS401/TAEASS402 in Training and Assessment TAE40110
- Evidence of Minimum three years’ experience as a Driving Instructor
- Curriculum vitae of your work history.
Once your application is received, Roads and Maritime will confirm your eligibility based on your qualifications and experience.
Your application will not progress any further until you have met the minimum qualification requirement.
Subject to eligibility, you will:
- Receive an invitation to attend the Older Driver Assessment course conducted by Roads and Maritime
- Complete ten questions online as a pre-course questionnaire.
For further information please email us at ODAWorkshop@rms.nsw.gov.au.