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Changing Gears is a Learner Permit Training Course we deliver Free of Charge to Community Groups, Special Schools, and NDIS Participants.

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Community Groups

Course fees for community organisations & charities are covered by grants we can help you apply for.

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NDIS Participants

As we are an Official NDIS Provider, your program tuition is covered. Just fill out an intake form.

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Support Coordinators

If you are an NDIS support coordinator, we'd love to support you in supporting your clients.

Community groups

Adaptive Learning Strategies

Changing Gears teaches road rules and safe driving behaviours in a way that supports the needs of people with learning challenges.

Unfortunately, due to issues such as economic disadvantage, neurological diversity, poor literacy, and deafness, some people are unable to pass their learner's permit test. This can result in a lack of access to training and educational pathways, employment opportunities, social inclusion, and many other aspects of life that most people take for granted. 
But Changing Gears changes that! 

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So we can:

  1.  Meet with you online

  2.  Answer your questions 

  3.  See if you would like to book  a fully funded program


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Here's How Changing Gears Changes Lives! 

Working with community groups and special schools for over a decade, we have consistently achieved an impressive 93% learner's permit test pass rate. Last year our pass rate was 98%! This is why our program is so loved and valued by organisations addressing social disadvantage. We level the playing field by imparting knowledge of road rules & safe driving behaviours in ways that resonate and stick for people with learning challenges.

Also, because of our trusted relationship with VicRoads, the NDIS and various funding bodies, we deliver Changing Gears to community groups, charities, and NDIS participants free of charge.

There’s only one catch: due to budgetary constraints, we can only offer a limited number of programs each year. So, if you represent a community group or organisation and would like to explore the opportunity, it's best to book a meeting as soon as possible. This way, we can answer your questions and reserve a program for you.

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How Changing Gears Makes a Difference in the Lives of People with specific learning needs. 

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Case studies

Consider the positive impact Changing Gears has had in the lives of these young people.  

Elle - A 25 year old indigenous woman, pregnant with her third child

Due to low literacy, Elle was unable to pass her learner permit test. Living in rural Victoria, where public transport is minimal, she told us she chose to drive unlicensed to “take care of my mob.” But like so many in her situation, she was eventually caught driving unlicensed and was due to appear in court in March 2020. Thankfully,, Elle was referred to the Changing Gears program by a caring community worker. As a result, she obtained her learner permit in January 2020 and had a far more favourable outcome in court. That intervention and action encouraged the court to treat her leniently. Now, instead of being a convicted felon, Elle is a single mum with a driver’s licence.

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Biak - A young migrant woman struggling with literacy difficulties

How about the story of Biak Tha Sung, a young woman who obtained access to the program through The Migrant Information Centre (MIC).

Biak successfully obtained her learner permit, which eventually led to her obtaining her probationary licence, With the help of her parents, Biak was then able to buy herself a nice little car and secure regular employment. 

I want to thank MIC for this great program! It really helped me feel good about myself…to be able to drive, understand how to be safe and get a job. Thank you so much!”


Tanya  - Many challenges with the learner permit test before completing Changing Gears

Click on Tanya's face in the picture to left.  See the big smile on her face? At twenty five years of age, Tanya had suffered the humiliation of failing her learner permit test four times before she completed Changing Gears.  But because our program is specifically designed and delivered for the needs of people like Tanya, she now has her license along with access to all the privileges that provides.


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