In November 2021, the Strategic Partnership Program (SPP) was approached by the Afghan Community Response Project within Foundation House to collaborate on a program designed to support
newly arrived Afghan refugees. It was identified by the Community Project Workers that building independence via driving was a particular concern for the newly arrived community members.
The Learner Permit Program offered 10-15 newly arrived Afghan community members the opportunity to meet regularly to learn about Victorian road rules and the process for obtaining a learner driver permit. The program attracted participants already engaged in Foundation House services, as well as referrals from the community of participants living in the City of Greater Dandenong and Casey regions. The program was open to both male and females 18 years or older, and childcare was provided to increase accessibility for families with children.


  • Language and cultural barriers limiting understanding of Australian systems
  • Limited to no understanding of Victorian road rules
  • No accessible learner permit programs in language for newly arrived Afghans
  • Employment opportunities requiring driving capabilities


Across 3 terms during 2022, this 10-week program achieved the following outcomes:


80 Participants successfully graduated obtaining their VIctorian Learner Driver’s license.

75 Myki cards with balances were distributed to the participants which enabled access to the weekly program

3 Graduation ceremonies held with local council and MPs to recognise participants.



1 Childcare worker from the community was employed for each program delivery

The Strategic Partnerships Program is funded by the Victorian Government.