Driving Assessment

Let me help you get back on the road safely.

Driving Assessment

Your ability to drive safely may be influenced by many factors.

Tanja Brunner is a specially trained highly experienced Occupational Therapist who can assist people who want to return to safe driving following an illness, injury, or long period without driving.

It is a multi-step process that involves an off-road assessment, an on-road assessment and post completion, the submission of a comprehensive report to VicRoads. 

It is advised that you peruse the VicRoads website to further understand the process in more detail prior to assessment.

Process for undertaking a Driving Assessment

Step 1 - Visit your GP

Before you return to driving, you must first obtain a VicRoads’ medical report from your General Practitioner. You can download the form for your GP to complete via the VicRoads website:

VicRoads Medical Report Online

Please note: All medical reports need to be dated within the last six (6) months. Should you have a psychiatric condition or eyesight condition, VicRoads may also require additional psychiatric and eyesight reports.

Step 2 - Contact Tanja
Complete the online referral form, email or telephone Tanja Brunner to make an appointment.

You will be asked to provide a copy of the following from Tanja:

1. Medical report to be submitted to VicRoads by Doctor, treating Hospital or Clinician.
2. Current copy of drivers licence – both sides.
3. Letter or copy of documentation from VicRoads.

These details will be forwarded to VicRoads who will then give clearance to proceed with the Driving Assessment.
Please note: This process can take several weeks.
Step 3: Off Road Assessment

The Off Road Driving Assessment is the first real step towards gaining your independence for driving. This assessment involves:

  • An interview to collect information regarding your medical and driving history.
  • A vision and hearing test.
  • A physical, medication, sensory and cognitive screen.
  • A written and visual road law test.
  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
Step 4: On Road Assessment

The On Road Assessment is carried out in a dedicated driving school vehicle with the Driving Instructor and Tanja Brunner (Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor).

This generally takes place in the closest town to where you live that has a Vicroads Office.

We ensure your safety (and ours) at all times, and we will provide you with feedback at the end of the assessment.

Here are some quick facts about our On Road Assessment:

  • Completed with a Driving Instructor in a dual controlled car.

  • The Occupational Therapist is seated in the back seat and will observe your ability to drive.

  • The Occupational Therapist and Driving Instructor will provide you with feedback at the end of the assessment. Also discussed will be recommendations that may affect your driving and what will be included in the report to VicRoads.

Step 5: Outcome

Once your Assessment has been completed, we will provide VicRoads with an Occupational Therapist driver evaluation report with recommendations. Your report may recommend one (1) of the following:

  • You are safe to drive, and we will advise VicRoads to re-instate your licence (please allow up to two weeks for your licence to be processed).
  • Your safety in controlling the vehicle requires improvement. Driving lessons are to be organised and a retest, post these arranged when suitable.
  • Specialised equipment is required to be fitted to your car (eg. hand controls). You may require further lessons to learn how to drive the vehicle with the new controls and then retest.
  • You are safe to drive given licence restrictions (eg. no night driving or local area only).
  • It is un-safe for you to continue driving at this stage. VicRoads will be advised and your licence will be suspended or cancelled.

For NDIS participants who hold a Learner permit, we complete an Off Road and On Road assessment. We then send NDIS a quote for approval for ongoing lessons. Approval from NDIS can take up to several months to obtain and we cannot proceed until approval is granted.

Licence Types

Depending on your Post Assessment Outcome, VicRoads may provide you with one of three types of drivers licences, as below:

1. Open Road Licence
Driving without restrictions.

2. Local Area Licence
Travelling locally to doctors, shops and for essential needs.

3. Conditional Licence
Both the open road and local area licence can be subject to conditions depending on the safe driving requirements needed, (eg. must drive with glasses, unable to drive at night, must drive with hand controls etc.)

Fees

NDIS Clients

All assessments and driving program as per NDIS Victorian Fees Guidelines.

NDIS On Road and Off Road, and mandatory NDIS vehicle modifications reports are charged at the NDIS hourly rate of $193.99 from CB Improved Daily Living Funds for the Occupational Therapist’s component of the assessment/program. The first lesson for the Specialised Driving Instructor is an out of pocket fee determined by the driving instructor.

Once a baseline assessment is conducted, a quote for ongoing specialised driving instructor lessons are sent into NDIS to request funding for ongoing lessons to be funded by NDIS. (Note: This is an NDIS decision and completion of an Occupational Therapy driving assessment does not guarantee that funding for lessons will be approved).

Please note: The goal for obtaining your drivers’ licence needs to be listed as a goal on your current NDIS plan in order to commence an OT driving program funded by NDIS.


Private Clients

Off Road Assessment    $300.00

On Road Assessment    $300.00

Additional travel fees determined if on road assessment takes place at clients home. You will be advised of this additional cost when booking an appointment. 

Driving Instructor Fee (for Off Road Assessment) – Determined by Driving Instructor and differs depending on driving school utilised. Please ask about this cost when booking an appointment. 

Ready to book your Driving Assessment?

Complete the referral form and Tanja will be in touch with you.
Remember to have your VicRoads Medical Report from your GP.

Contact Tanja

Ask a question below or make a referral via the referral form.

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0427 376 101

PO Box 279
Apollo Bay VIC 3233

ot@tanjabrunner.com.au