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 accredited Older Driver Assessor to conduct assessments for Class C licence holders aged 75 or over. This page provides information for NSW Driving Instructors on the requirements to become 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 need to complete a driving assessment at the recommendation of their medical practitioner. Older driver’s aged 85 with an unrestricted Class C licence also need to pass a driving assessment every second year if they wish to retain their licence.
These assessments can be provided by a Testing Officer from Roads and Maritime Services, Service NSW or by a Roads and Maritime Accredited Older Driver Assessor.
Accredited Older Driver Assessors are approved by Roads and Maritime to conduct older driver licensing assessments for drivers aged 75 and above.
Applying to become an Older Driver Assessor
A NSW fully licensed driving instructor with a minimum of three years' experience can submit an application to become an older driver assessor.
Completed applications must be emailed to ODAWorkshop@rms.nsw.gov.au. When your application is received, Roads and Maritime will confirm your eligibility based on your qualifications and experience.
Applications must be supported by complying with the following:
- Certified copy of Statement of attainment showing units of competency TAEASS401 and TAEASS402
- Certified copy of ACN or ABN certificate
- Certified colour copy of current unrestricted Australian Driver Licence
- Certified colour copy of current NSW Driving Instructor licence (Class C)
- Signed copy of an Industry Code of Practice from an industry association
- Curriculum Vitae of work history
- Copy of current Insurance policies for:
- $1 million professional indemnity insurance
- $10 million public liability insurance
- Comprehensive vehicle insurance
- Workers compensation as required by law (if applicable).
Applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding and comply with:
- Roads and Maritime Fit and Proper Person Policy
- The Code of Conduct for Older Driver Assessment
Qualifications required for eligibility
Assessors must successfully complete a Roads and Maritime Older Driver Assessor Workshop and have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) including these units;
- TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes and TAEASS402 Assess competence
- A Roads and Maritime approved equivalent qualification
The assessment qualifications TAEASS401 and TAEASS402 can be gained through most TAFE Institutions, many community colleges and Registered Training Organisations.
Older Driver Assessor Workshop
Successful applicants receive an invitation to a full day Roads and Maritime Older Driver Assessor Workshop. To attend this workshop, applicants must pay a fee and successfully complete pre and post-course assessments.
Note: Your application will not progress unless you meet the minimum qualification requirements.
Subject to workshop availability, you will receive:
- An invitation to attend the one day Older Driver Assessor Workshop conducted by Roads and Maritime
- Online pre-course questionnaire, consisting of ten questions.
The pre-course questionnaire must be completed before attending the workshop.
Accreditation documentation will be issued on the day of the workshop. This must be completed, signed, witnessed and returned. An online post-course questionnaire will be emailed to you for completion. Successful applicants will be issued a Roads and Maritime signed copy of the accreditation documentation and added to the website: Find an assessor
Accredited Older Driver Assessors can begin conducting assessments on receipt of the signed accreditation document.
Assessors must have an unrestricted driving instructor licence with a minimum tenure of three years' experience*.
Any 'restricted' driving instructor licence holders must upgrade to an unrestricted instructor licence to meet the eligibility requirement. However, 'restricted' licence tenure will be recognised towards the minimum three years' experience.
*Note: Consideration may be given to waive the Diving Instructor three year tenure requirement if an applicant has Roads and Maritime Driver Testing Officer experience and they can provide;
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
- A Roads and Maritime Driver Testing Officer work history curriculum vitae.
Please email ODAWorkshop@rms.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions or require more information.