YHP AUSTRALIA – Driving Change


Three urban areas in New South Wales: Redfern, in Sydney; Shellharbour to the south of Sydney and Griffith, 500km inland to the west.


2013 - 2014

The local context

The Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders are indigenous communities often suffering from deprivation. Less than fifty percent of Aboriginal people in remote communities report having a valid driving licence, resulting in limited access to education, employment and health services. Every year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are approximately four times more likely to die in fatal road accidents than the national average.

Our objectives

To increase driver licensing and road safety among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This will increase their access to employment, education and opportunity.


Our focus

Work with each of the local communities to identify specific local road safety and driver licensing priorities, and work with relevant service providers to identify and address gaps in local service provision and delivery.


Our programme

We developed Community Road Safety Champions - who were trained and supported by the programme. The Road Safety Champion was the ‘go to’ person to help young people to access the information and services they required in order to obtain a licence and other road safety assistance.

Local community leaders, community groups and organisations, as well as panels of young people, shaped their local programmes and provided important local advocacy and communications.

We created a Learner Driver Mentor programme to provide one-on-one support for young learner drivers and worked with driving instructors, job service agencies and other bodies to coordinate their support.


Our achievements

255 clients registered for assistance with licensing, 59 received licenses and 38 had their licenses reinstated or had restrictions lifted.

AstraZeneca staff raised $45,000 to pay for small cars on which to learn and for other support.

The programme was extended to nine further sites with the support of Transport New South Wales and NSW Health.

A further $120,000 was provided by Transport NSW to provide additional project coordination and support to the youth workers, and to provide communication materials to address volunteer recruitment and retention.

Our partners

The George Institute for Global Health is a health and medical research institute whose mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.