Travelling to English classes. Commuting to job interviews. Travelling to church, the mosque, or social events.
As refugees in Australia, being able to drive can mean the difference between successfully settling into a new community or finding yourself isolated.
On Friday, November 22nd, nineteen Settle In program clients attended our 2.5 hour driver education workshop delivered in collaboration with the RAC.
The workshop provided newly arrived refugees and migrants with an overview of drive safe practices and essential road rules, details for obtaining a driver's license, guides to purchasing a safe vehicle, using appropriate child restraints and more.
"From getting to work to attending university, driving a car is a necessity for many refugees so this information is extremely useful," said one workshop attendee.
Workshop attendees also received invaluable information on how to access "no Interest loans" to support the cost of funding driving lessons from Mercycare Lending Services.
The Road Safety Commission also attended our November workshop as it closely aligns with their commitment to supporting newly arrived refugees looking to obtain driver's licences. Our Settle In team are looking forward to using the Road Safety Commission's upcoming translated resources to further improve driving outcomes for our clients.
This popular workshop has been conducted three times in 2019, with large attendances, and our team are looking forward to hosting many more in 2020.
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