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WELCOME TO ADTAV
The Australian Driver Trainers Association (Victoria) Inc is the peak representative body of professional driver trainers in the State of Victoria. We aim to raise awareness of the importance of driver training provided by trained professionals and help improve young driver road safety through improved driver education. Members of the ADTAV are qualified driver trainers, who follow the Association’s Code of Conduct.
As learner drivers, you can expect high professional standards, expert driver education and business ethics from our members.
As members, you can expect us to continually work towards improving the driver training industry for the benefit of your driving school and your learner drivers.
COUNCIL MEMBERS 2023/2024
Current Members of the ADTAV Council
Vicki Hare – President
John Tserkezidis (Metro) – Vice President
Steve Taunton – Secretary
Rose-Ann Mulholland – Councillor
Amanda Gibbon – Councillor
1 Regional (North East Victoria) and 4 Metro
Steve Staunton has been a driver trainer in the western suburbs since 2000. Steve worked for a small driving school before starting his own business a year later, sometimes working as a sole operator and sometimes employing other trainers as well.
Steve has a passion for teaching people how to be safe and responsible drivers, rather than to just get them to pass their licence test. He sees driver training as an opportunity to educate all drivers according to their own learning styles, utilising their strengths and improving their weakness, rather than just following a standard routine or formula.
Steve believes that driver trainers can often experience a sense of isolation in their work, and need all the encouragement and support they can get from within and beyond the industry.
Steve has been involved for many years as a volunteer in various community clubs and groups and has been on the councils of several not-for-profit organisations.
My background as a driver trainer started in the Army Reserve as an Instructor/Licence Testing Officer. I was responsible for the running of my unit’s transport platoon and the writing and conducting of competency-based driver training in the Army’s fleet of vehicles. I completed a Certificate III Road Transport, Certificate IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor and a Graduate Diploma of Technology Education. I work as a teacher of Materials Technology at a secondary college and am passionate about educating our younger drivers. As a member of the Council, I want to work towards privatising the licence testing and introducing Competency Based Training. To achieve these goals will require further professional development of the ADTAV members which can only enhance the perception within the community of the level of professionalism of the ADTAV Driver Trainers.
Amanda Gibbon has been a Victorian Driving Instructor since 2012, and a few years ago obtained her NSW DIA. Amanda lives in Kerang and travels to Bendigo, Echuca, Swan Hill and many smaller towns in between. She rejoined ADTAV recently and hopes as a council member can assist in increasing the member numbers to ensure that ADTAV is able to offer much more in the way of information, gatherings and support to all Victorian Instructors.
Current Specialty Support for ADTAV Council
Association Executive Services – Secretariat
Will Billings – Solicitor
Joel Shulkin – Future Directions Adviser
Wasted Props and Helen Martin – Graphic Designers
Jenny Ravlic – Consultant