Overcoming license barriers with IDLU

April 19, 2021

The Indigenous Driver Licensing Program (IDLU) visited the RISE Kowanyama community this week assisting 40 jobseekers with ID and licensing barriers.

Service Coordinator Trudi Strahan prepared for their visit ensuring everything was well organised. Lavinia Thomas worked very closely with IDLU onsite to assist job seekers with any issues they encountered.

The Indigenous Driver Licensing Program aims to teach driving skills and reduce unlicensed driving in remote and Indigenous communities in far north Queensland including Cape York, the Gulf, and Torres Strait islands. 

The program has a mobile driver licensing unit based in Cairns, which takes licensing services to remote areas where residents cannot access mainstream customer service centers. The unit provides learner driver license testing, practical driver testing for cars and trucks, driver license replacements and renewals, and Adult Proof of Age cards. The unit also provides support to communities undertaking road safety initiatives. By increasing license ownership, the Indigenous Driver Licensing Program aims to reduce incarceration rates for licensing offenses, reduce road trauma and improve access to employment, education, health, social and cultural activities.

Thanks to Rise staff, Lavinia Thomas, Trudi Strahan, Adam Walker, Michelle Jimmy and Justin Lawrence for making the event a sucess.