Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I need to do a 4WD course to work in a Santos Oil and Gas field, how much is the course?
A. The cost of a 4WD course depends on which Four Wheel drive program you need to do. This depends on what type of 4x4 driving you will be doing in the Santos fields:

RIIVEH305E Operate and Maintain a 4WD

  1. If you are going to be driving off – road (off any formed tracks in the field) OR you will be driving along any of the Santos Pipeline right of way tracks, then you are required to undertake the RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a 4WD course. The RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a 4WD is a nationally accredited (Nationally Recognised) 4WD program that is delivered across 2 days. Each day runs from 8.30am – 4.30pm, Day 1 being for theory and Day 2 for 4WD practical. You can view a course overview here.

  2. The RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a 4WD course pricing structure can be discussed further with you by contacting us on 08 8322 855 or clientmgr@austdrive.com . Please note that accredited courses do not attract GST

  3. If you require The Australian Driving Institute to provide you with a 4WD vehicle for the practical day of training, there is an additional hire fee. Alternatively, if you have a true 4WD (the vehicle must be able to go into high and low range) then you are welcome to use this.

  4. If you will be towing a trailer behind a 4WD in a Santos field, then you will be required to undertake the trailer training components in the RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a 4WD also. There is no additional cost to have the trailer training included, however if you require The Australian Driving Institute to provide the trailer, there will be a trailer hire fee.

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PMASUP236 Operate Vehicles in the Field

  1. If you are NOT going to be driving Off – Road (off any formed tracks in the field) OR you will be driving along any of the Santos Pipeline right of way tracks, then you are required to undertake the PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field 4WD course. The PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field is a nationally accredited (nationally recognised) 4WD program that is delivered across 1 day when there is 1 person (7am – 5.30pm) or across 2 days when you have 2 or more people. Each day of the 2 day PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field 4WD course (with 2 or 3 people) is 8.30am – 4.30pm, Day 1 being for theory and Day 2 for 4WD practical. You can view a course overview here.

  2. The PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field 4WD course pricing structure can be discussed by contacting us on 08 8322 8555 or clientmgr@austdrive.com .  Please note that accredited courses do not attract GST

  3. If you require The Australian Driving Institute to provide you with a 4WD vehicle for this 4WD course, there is an additional hire fee.  Alternatively, if you have a true 4WD (the vehicle must be able to go into high and low range) then you are welcome to use this.

  4. If you will be towing a trailer behind a 4WD in a Santos field, then you will be required to undertake the trailer training components in the PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field also. There is no additional cost to have the trailer training included, however if you require The Australian Driving Institute to provide the trailer, there will be a trailer hire fee.

Q. I am taking my family on a road trip in a 4WD. I would like to learn about safe driving on long journeys and driving off road.
A. We have 2 different 4WD training options available for you in this instance:

1. Remote Road Safety Program in a 4WD

Driving for a long duration on a road trip, in remote or rural areas of Australia, requires specific defensive driver training to keep you and your family safe. Our remote Road Safety Program is a defensive driving course tailored to meet the driving hazards and potential hazards of driving long distances, whether you are in a normal vehicle or a 4WD. Our Remote road safety program conducted in a 4WD is customized to a greater extent again to assist drivers in defensive driving techniques associated with the higher centre of gravity and other features specific to four-wheel drive vehicles. Managing drivers for long distance driving entails journey planning, fatigue management, defensive driving techniques for potential hazards such as kangaroos plus many more. You can view a course overview here. Our Remote Road Safety Program in a 4WD is delivered over 1 day (8.30am – 4.30pm) and pricing can be discussed by contacting us on 08 8322 8555 or clientmgr@austdrive.com This defensive driving course in a 4WD can be delivered for just you or for the same fee, bring a friend or 2 along for the day. If you require The Australian Driving Institute to provide you with a 4WD vehicle for this 4WD course, there is an additional hire fee. Alternatively, if you have a 4WD then you are welcome to use this.

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2. Non-accredited 4WD driver training

Driving on dirt roads, or off road altogether, in a 4WD requires training which covers ascents, descents, creek crossings, difficult terrain, self-recovery and much more. Our non-accredited 1-day 4WD driver training course (7am – 5.30pm) covers defensive driving in a 4WD, road safety principles as well as these topics plus so much more. You can view a course overview here​. This 4WD course is aimed at improving your confidence as a recreational 4x4 driver so you can enjoy accessing those remote areas whilst keep you and your family safe. Your 4WD driving experience will also be enhanced by the fact that your knowledge and skills learned in our 4WD training course will assist you in changing a tyre, getting yourself out of a bog and effectively using all the features and benefits of your 4WD vehicle.  Our customized 4WD course can accommodate up to 3 participants in the one day, so you can either undertake this 4WD training on your own or grab a mate or two, for a great day’s 4WD training altogether. This 4WD program pricing can be discussed by contacting us on 08 8322 8555 or clientmgr@austdrive.com. If you require The Australian Driving Institute to provide you with a 4WD vehicle for this 4WD course, there is an additional hire fee for this. Alternatively, if you have a true 4WD (the vehicle must be able to go into high and low range) then you are welcome to use this. .

Q. My son/daughter has just got their driver’s licence and I am very worried about their safety on the road. Is there a defensive driving course for young people or P Platers?
A. We have a defensive driving program specifically for youth and younger drivers. Whether you have a son or daughter who have recently obtained their probationary licence (P plater) or they have been driving for a few years, our AUSTDRIVE programs are ideal for teaching young drivers the driving skills and knowledge that sit well above what they have already learnt; cornering, hazards, attitude, emergency braking, split surface driving, the 3 second gap and so much more. We have 3 options for youth drivers to improve their driving skills:

1. AUSTDRIVE II

The young drivers in your life can undertake our 1 Day (8.30am – 4.30pm) Youth defensive driving course on a 1:1 basis with an instructor or they can invite 1 or 2 of their friends along to participate at no additional cost. You can discuss the pricing for this program by contacting us on 08 8322 8555 or clientmgr@austdrive.com. We recommend the young drivers undertake this program in their own vehicle or a vehicle that they drive regularly. However, The Australian Driving Institute can also provide a vehicle for the day if necessary, for $175 + gst ($200 + gst in Victoria). You can view more details about our Austdrive II programs here.

2. AUSTDRIVE I

For young drivers in rural and remote areas of Australia, we have a special 1 Day (8.30am – 5.00pm) defensive driving program available. This youth defensive driver training is aimed at promoting the importance of ensuring our young people develop their knowledge and skills associated with safe driving practices and increasing their awareness of preventative driving strategies that sit well above Australian road law. This community-based program for young drivers in rural Australia is organised in conjunction with rural high schools and councils. The ratio of participants to instructors is capped at 20 participants between 2 instructors for the day. If you would like to arrange this program to be held in your location, please contact us on 08 8322 88555 or send an email to clientmgr@austdrive.com. You can view more details about our Austdrive I programs here.

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3. Online Road Safety Program

Our intensive Online Road Safety Program. You can view more details about our Online Road Safety Program here.