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Border Driving Academy

Border Driving Academy

Learning with BDA

Our Training System

The BDA Training System, previously only taught to specialist government agencies, is based on the Proactive Driving Cycle (PDC). This is underpinned by continual cognitive recognition of risk through a simple cycle of SEE > THINK > DO.


What do I see? (Observation, System of Vehicle Control, scanning)


What do I think could happen? (Cognition/timely risk identification)


What can I do to avoid or reduce the risk? (action, management of identified risk)

Automatic Only

At BDA we only teach for an automatic licence. 90% of new vehicles sold in Australia are auto and manual vehicles are becoming redundant. Furthermore, you can drive a manual vehicle once you’ve obtained your P2 licence, after one year’s driving experience on your P1 licence.

Your instruction will be facilitated in a calm, professional, flexible adult learning environment. The key to driving skills, for life, is to ensure the student driver achieves as much practice as possible in a variety of environments, such as night driving, highway driving, city/suburbs etc.

Your logbook requires you to have 120 hours of practice time (if you are under 21) with either a professional instructor or with a licensed driver such as a parent or other supervisor.

Remember, 1 hour of training with a BDA facilitator is equivalent to 3 hours towards your 120 logbook hours.

With a structured lesson plan and full engagement with your supervising driver, your BDA instructor will inform you of your progress and provide guidance as well as liaising with your supervising driver as to recommended practice.

Beyond Test Routes

Border Driving Academy utilises the “Beyond Test Routes” Program developed by the Australian Driver Trainers Association. This program advocates that the learner driver should be taught safe driving practices rather than merely be coached to pass the driver licence test.

At BDA our focus is to create a safer driving culture. Your instructor will tailor driving lessons to your specific needs and build a custom lesson plan for your ongoing learning.

You will learn to drive in a safe and comfortable environment with a teaching style that will put you fully at ease. At BDA we appreciate that learning to drive a car can be a daunting experience and learners come with a variety of backgrounds, experience and learning styles.

At BDA you will learn in a current model automatic vehicle with auto/manual mode and dual controls for your additional safety and peace of mind. It will have a minimum 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating. You will become familiar with the latest active and passive safety features in a modern vehicle, such as airbags, ABS, blind spot monitoring, lane assist and autonomous emergency braking.

Your facilitators at BDA have the latest Cert IV qualification. In addition, our senior instructor Markus, has a Cert IV in Adult Learning, Training and Assessment and Diplomas in Risk Management and Work Health and Safety.

All instructors are members of the NSW Driver Trainers Association (NSWDTA). Chief instructor Markus is also an accredited Facilitator and Coach for the NSW Safer Driver Course. We pride ourselves in maintaining currency and participating in ongoing development.

BDA student passing her driving test

Your Investment

A Standard Learn to Drive 1 Hour Lesson: $95.00.
This includes feedback/advice at the conclusion of your lesson.


  • 5 Lesson package: $450 (save $25)
  • 10 Lesson package: $850 (save $100)

Use of driving school car for Provisional Licence test: $95.

Please read carefully.

BDA instructors are professional driver trainers and like yours, their time is valuable. We require cancellations and changes to be made 24 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR LESSON, or a cancellation payment of the full $95.00 will be required. (except in extenuating circumstances).

Cancellations and changes can be made by phone, email or text message.
Email: [email protected]
or phone 0418 632 855.

BDA student passing their driving test

The health and safety of our students and driving instructors remain our highest priority. We comply fully with all Federal and State COVID safety directives.Your driving instructor will be cleaning their vehicle before and after your lesson. Hand sanitiser is provided in the vehicle.

You should postpone your lesson if you are unwell, have been in contact with someone who is unwell or if you have any reason to believe you should self isolate. If your instructor thinks you might be unwell at the time of your lesson it will be rescheduled.

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