UPSKILL DRIVING SCHOOL AT A GLANCE
Like all of us would, when refugees and asylum seekers arrive in Australia, they simply want to stop running, to support their families and contribute to their community. Here at Upskill Driving School, we recognise that many newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers face multiple barriers as they seek to settle here in Australia, including reliable transport. Not being able to drive adds to the challenge of finding employment, and unlike most Australians, they lack the contacts who are fully licensed or have access to a vehicle and who could help them learn or practise. Our mission is to provide affordable, professional driving lessons for refugees and asylum seekers.
Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand, we are unable to take any new students at this time and will no longer be adding names to our waiting list. We hope to have more capacity later in the year. If you would like to know when we are open for new students again, you can contact us at
Choose which instructor best suits your needs
Caroline previously served as a volunteer driver mentor for refugees and enjoyed it so much, she became a qualified instructor. With a background in teaching, she has many years of cross-cultural experience, and has had roles in teaching ESL and community work. Caroline teaches in an automatic vehicle.
Mamdouh has more than ten years of experience as a driving instructor. As a native Arabic speaker, he has also been involved in supporting refugees in the local Arabic-speaking community in various ways. Mamdouh teaches in an automatic car.
Each lesson is 1 hour
Asylum seekers and Humanitarian visa holders
For new students
beginning their lessons in 2021:
Through the provision of local grants, refugees and asylum seekers can access up to 6 lessons at this subsidised rate.
Standard lesson fee
For refugees and asylum seekers who have completed six lessons at the subsidised rate, they can continue additional lessons at this standard price.
Pay it forward
This rate is for Australian citizens. Part of these lesson fees will go towards assisting refugees and asylum seekers.