Learner log book
A learner log book is a record of the driven hours under supervision for individuals under the age of 25 who wish to apply for a driver’s license. The number of hours that must be completed differs from state to state.
For example, if you live in New South Wales, you need to drive a total of 120 supervised hours including at least 20 hours of night driving, while in Queensland you need to drive a minimum of 100 supervised hours, of which 10 during the night.
For the purpose of a learner log book, nighttime is considered to be between sunset and sunrise.
What to include in the learner driver log book
The details you need to record in the learner log book again differ from state to state, but you can expect to log the following information for each supervised drive:
- The date of the drive
- The duration of the driving practice
- The supervisor details, such as name, contact details and license number.
Your local authority might also request you to record the start and end times of each practice session, odometer readings of the vehicle and more.
Both the learner and supervisor are responsible for correctly recording information in the learner log book and the supervisor will have to sign the log book entries to confirm they are correct.
Types of learner log books
Most Australian states provide two options for keeping a learner log book - in paper format or an approved mobile application.
If you wish to use a paper log book, you will be provided with one when your learner license is issued.
You can also choose to use one of the locally approved mobile applications - contact your local authority to find out which apps are approved in your area. Apps can save you time having to manually record every drive, and you won’t risk losing your learner log book.
Submit your learner driver log book
After you’ve completed the required practice hours, you can submit your log book electronically (if you use an app) or through the post (if you use the paper log book). Your local authority will examine the log book, and if they find that it fulfils the requirements, you will be able to book your practical driving test, in order to obtain a driver’s license.
Do you drive for work and want to learn more about car expenses reimbursement? See our guide on mileage reimbursement in Australia.
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