Log Book Experts
As part of the new Graduated Licensing System, all learner drivers under the age of 21 will be required to complete 120 hours of supervised driving (including 10 hours at night).
The requirements do change slightly from state to state. Check below to see the requirements for your state:
New South Wales
What to consider when choosing your driving conditions
When using your Log Book, it is recommended that you record all of your driving experience in different conditions. This means you can keep track of the type of conditions you have driven in. By the time you go for your driving test, you should have lots of experience in all driving conditions.
Before you commence any practice, your Qualified Supervising Driver should explain each driving task to you.
Start your driving practice on quiet streets and, as your driving gets better, begin to experience a wider range of conditions. You could try driving in different -
• Light conditions (day, night, dawn, dusk)
• Weather conditions (eg rain, fog)
• Types of roads (eg highways, gravel roads)
• Traffic conditions (light or heavy)
Only drive in these conditions when you are comfortable controlling your car.
Try one new condition at a time, so you have time to become familiar with each new situation.
Don't combine lots of new driving conditions all at once.
Try easier driving conditions first and slowly move to harder conditions when you're ready.
Guide for Log Books Victoria
When you are learning to drive a car it is a requirement of your learner permit to a supervising driver seated beside you at all times while driving. The supervising driver must have a:
• current full (non - probationary) Victorian car driver licence, or
• an interstate or overseas driver licence that has been held for at least two or more years for the category of motor vehicle being driven by the learner driver
All supervising drivers must also carry their licence with them and are subject to a 0.05% blood alcohol concentration requirement (BAC) (except Driving Instructors who must have a zero BAC), and complete their details in the 'List for Supervising Drivers' in the Learner Log Book. The supervising driver will also have to complete the 'Declaration of Completion' in the Learner Log Book.
120 Hours of Supervised Driving
All learner drivers under the age of 21 who obtain their learner permit on or after 1 July 2007 must complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised learner driving experience (including at least 10 hours at night) before they can take their driving licence test.
These hours must be recorded in an official learner log book that is signed by the learner driver and the supervising driver. This log book is issued to the learner driver free of charge when they pass the learner permit test.
Learner drivers who do not accumulate 120 hours (including at least 10 hours at night) and have not been exempted from this requirement, will not be permitted to take the driving licence test and will lose their test and appointment fees. Learner drivers will not be permitted to complete the learner log book in the Customer Service Centre on the day of their appointment.
It is not mandatory for learner drivers 21 years of age or older or learner drivers who obtained their learner permit prior to 1 July 2007 to complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience before they can take their driving licence test.
Guide for Log Books NSW
Learner licences issued from 1 July 2007 will be valid for five years. When you are issued with your learner licence you will receive a Learner Driver Log Book so that you and your supervising driver(s) can record your driving experience. You will have to log at least 120 hours of supervised driving (which includes 20 hours of night driving) before you can attempt the Driving Test to move to a provisional licence. Night driving starts from sunset of one day and ends at sunrise on the following day.
Learners issued a licence prior 1 July 2007
If your learner licence is current at 30 June 2007, you can attempt the Driving Test once you have held your licence for at least six months and completed 50 hours of log book practice but only until the expiry date of your licence. Note: drivers over 25 years of age are exempt from the six month tenure requirement but must still complete the required log book hours.
If you have not passed the Driving Test by the expiry date of your licence, you will need to pass another Driver Knowledge Test (DKT), renew your licence and complete a total of 120 hours log book practice (including 20 hours of night driving) before another driving test can be attempted. Previous log book experience will be recognised and counted towards the 120 hours.
You will also need to complete 120 hours of log book practice (including 20 hours of night driving) if your licence is cancelled and you re-apply after 1 July 2007 (as in the case of a disqualification). This means that you will need to have also held your licence for at least 12 months (if you are under 25 years of age) before the Driving Test can be attempted.
If you are transferring your interstate and overseas learner licence after 1 July 2007, you will be exempt from the 120 hours log book requirements if you pass the Driving Test. However, if you fail the test, you will be issued with a NSW learner licence and be required to hold your licence for 12 months (if under 25 years of age) and complete 120 hours of log book practice (including 20 hours of night driving) before a further driving test can be attempted. The RTA will recognise any log book hours recorded in your home state provided appropriate documentation is presented.
Those who are exempt from holding a log book include:
• Drivers who have previously held a NSW or interstate drivers licence other than a learner licence.
• Drivers who apply for a learner licence and have previously held an overseas licence other than a learner licence.
• Holders of an overseas licence, other than a learner licence, who are issued with a learner licence after failing one Driving Test.
• Aged drivers issued with a learner licence after failing an age Driving Test.
• Drivers specifically exempted by the RTA.
Guide for Log Books South Australia
How to use your Log Book
Each time you drive a car, you must record the details on the forms that follow. The log book must be completed accurately and honestly.
Penalties apply for fraudulent information.
• There are 10 forms allocated to record your daytime driving experience.
• There are 2 forms allocated to record your night-time driving experience.
• Complete the forms as shown in the sample provided.
• 75 hours in SA.
If additional forms are required you may photocopy a blank form or download a blank form from www.dtei.sa.gov.au/publications