Youth Driving Program - RYDE

The Cockburn RYDE Program provides young people (16-25 years) who live, work, study or are part of a sporting group in the City of Cockburn with the opportunity to complete their 50 hours of supervised driving with a volunteer driving mentor.

COVID-19 changes

To protect everyone's health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following will be adhered to:

  • Hand hygiene/ sanitiser to be used 
  • Extra cleaning of contact surfaces will be administered between sessions by staff and participants, including steering wheels, controls and door handles
  • Anyone exhibiting signs of illness will not be able to participate
  • Young people to be dropped off and collected from the carpark
  • A sign-in register will be kept by staff for COVID-19 tracing purposes (privacy principles maintained)
  • Vehicle windows will remain down during all sessions (wear warm clothes and sunglasses)

How do I get involved? 

If you want to get involved as a participant first see whether you fit the following criteria:

  • 16-25 years old
  • Live, work, study or are part of a sporting group in the City of Cockburn
  • Have your learners permit.

If you fit the criteria then get in contact with a suitable RYDE Provider and make an appointment to meet with a support worker. Only a RYDE Provider can set you up as a participant of the program.

When you've been set up with an online profile by a RYDE Provider you will then need to book a RYDE assessment with our partnered Driving School, Eclipse (08 9557 5010). 

A list of RYDE Providers is available at the bottom of this page and on the RYDE website opens in a new window.

How much does it cost? 

Participants are required to cover the cost of a compulsory RYDE assessment with our partnered Driving School, Eclipse, before they start the RYDE program regardless of previous experience. This can only be done once you’ve met with a RYDE Provider.

The RYDE assessment costs $60 and evaluates whether participants possess skills for basic vehicle operation, an understanding of road rules and, generally do not pose a significant risk to other road users or the volunteer driving mentors who may accompany them during driving sessions.

Once you pass the assessment you can begin RYDE driving sessions at a cost of $15 for a 90 minute session. Sessions are paid for using credit codes bought through the RYDE website opens in a new window with Paypal, a credit card or debit card.

What will I need to bring when I sign up?

Once you've contacted a RYDE Provider and set up a meeting with a RYDE Support Worker you will need to take a few things with you before you can be set up as a RYDE participant.​ Please ensure you have the following information with you when you sign up:
  • Learners permit number
  • Mobile number
  • Working email address
  • If under 18 years some RYDE Providers will also need a completed parent/guardian consent form (check with your RYDE Support Worker)

Where will RYDE driving sessions take place? 

The Cockburn Youth Centre, 25 Wentworth Parade, Success is the start and end location for each driving session.

Volunteer driving mentors will take participants driving in the City’s suburbs and surrounding areas.

The sessions are a chance to practice driving and complete the required 50 hours of supervised driving rather than being a formal lesson where you are taught new skills each time.

Mentors may show you different driving skills like parking and negotiating roundabouts however their primary focus is building up participant's confidence and hours on the road.

How do I become a volunteer driving mentor? 

To be eligible to become a volunteer driving mentor you must fit the following criteria:

  • 21 years or older
  • Hold a current C class drivers licence for four or more years continuously
  • Current Working With Children card (or willing to obtain one)
  • Current National Police Check (or willing to obtain one)

Applications are open all year round. Just complete the online application form opens in a new window. Full training is provided and associated costs covered.

Suitable applicants will be required to attend an interview, followed by:

  • Completing a driving session with our partnered driving school
  • Completing an online induction
  • Attending an evening induction session.

Cockburn RYDE providers

The following table provides information about RYDE providers, their address, phone number and who they are available to.

RYDE Provider Address Phone Number Available To
Cockburn Youth Services 25 Wentworth Parade, Success 08 9411 3888 Any young person
Cockburn Youth Outreach 25 Wentworth Parade, Success 08 9411 3888 Current clients only
Cockburn Youth Justice 25 Wentworth Parade, Success 08 9411 3888 Current clients only
Port School 62 Wheeler Road, Hamilton Hill  08 9335 6323 Current students only
Youth Reach South 25 Wentworth Parade, Success 08 9499 4274 Current clients only

Cockburn RYDE partnered driving school

Cockburn RYDE's partnered driving school is Eclipse. Phone - 08 9557 5010 
The RYDE program has made a massive impact on a lot of young people, enabling them to complete their supervised driving hours despite the challenges they face.

More information and contact 

Please contact the Youth Development Officer for more information about the Cockburn RYDE Program on 08 9411 3884 or email

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