The Graduating Licensing System (GLS) requires learners to have driving practise in a wide range of driving conditions starting from basic skills in quiet areas (most often non-traffic light areas) to more busy/complex driving conditions when they are preparing themselves for their Drive test. To maximise the chance of passing the Drive Test, learners need to gain a fair amount of experience that help acquire safer driving habits.
GLS outlined detailed information about how the Drive Test will be carried out and includes the assessment criteria for all test items, along with description on the structure of the test. At the test time, the Licence Testing Officer (LTO) will instruct the applicant to drive through a fixed route and make assessment how well the applicant performing specific driving tasks (such as turns or lane changes) at different driving scenarios using a set of specific assessment items to record.
The Drive Test is consists of two different stages; Stage 1 consists of some relatively simple, basic tasks in a quit area. Applicants need to pass Stage 1 to go to Stage 2, which involves safe driving skills through negotiation with other road users in day-to-day driving tasks in a busy traffic environment. In doing these, potentially unsafe applicants are screened off from driving on Victorian roads who pose a danger to themselves and others.