Making driving possible for older Sydneysiders

Royal Rehab Return2Driving, is now offering elderly persons support to meet NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Drivers Licence requirements.


Driving is important to most of us and it’s a freedom we often take for granted. New South Wales rehabilitation and disability support organisation Royal Rehab will this month expand their innovative Return2Driving initiative to offer an Older Driver Assessment program for elderly community members.


Assessments will be conducted by an assessor accredited by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and can be completed at Royal Rehab’s Ryde facility or the participant’s home.


An Older Driver Assessment (ODA) is required by the NSW government once every two years when a driver reaches the age of 85. This is an on-road test that can often be a hurdle for older Australians who may have to complete this around a Service NSW location that is unfamiliar to them.


Royal Rehab will oversee all required liaison with RMS to ensure the process is as easy as possible.


Program participants will have the option to complete a refresher lesson, assessment or combined lesson and assessment package in a friendly environment.


The Older Driver Assessment program is available for residents in postcodes 2110, 2111, 2112, 2113 and 2066:

  • Denistone East
  • East Ryde
  • Gladesville
  • Henley
  • Hunters Hill
  • Huntleys Cove and Huntleus Point
  • Lane Cove
  • Lane Cove North and Lane Cove West
  • Macquarie Park
  • North Ryde
  • Northwood
  • Osborne Park
  • Putney
  • Riverwood
  • Ryde
  • Tennyson Point
  • Woolwich.

If participants do not have access to their own vehicle, use of a Royal Rehab fleet vehicle can also be arranged upon request.


Royal Rehab Program Manager Kylie Chambers said,“The ODA program allows us to schedule home visits with elderly drivers in our community who need to complete this requirement to keep their license.


"Our accredited assessor takes them through practice or testing in their own neighbourhood, an opportunity they might not have had before. Allowing them this additional level of familiarity can sometimes make the difference in whether they can complete the exam to the best of their ability,” said Ms Chambers.


According to NSW RMS figures there were 11,304 drivers aged 85 and over who completed the driving test in 20161.


The ODA program is part of Royal Rehab’s broader Return2Driving program offering support for people with disabilities to get back into the driver’s seat safely. Injury or illness can affect your ability to drive, potentially with a significant impact on your independence.


The Return2Driving team includes specially qualified occupational therapists and driving instructors who assess, advise and support people through all the necessary steps towards independent driving.


Royal Rehab’s Return2Driving program is funded in part by generous community-based fundraising, individual and corporate donations. This community support is critical to Royal Rehab in delivering world-class lifestyle support, rehabilitation, education and research programs.


People interested in the Older Driver Assessment program can contact Dianne Douglas on 02 9808 9328.



Return2Driving has a range of assessment and rehabilitation packages available including a grant scheme for individuals in receipt of a pension. Find out more about Rebates and Subsidies. To find out details and costs, phone (02) 9808 9328 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


1 Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) statistics. Registration and Licensing. Accessed 06 July 2017.


12 October 2017.