Illawarra / Shoalhaven NRMA Safer Driving School

Safer Drivers Course

NRMA Safer Driving School is at the forefront of safer driver training in Illawarra and Shoalhaven.  

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About us

If you want to learn to drive in Illawarra and Shoalhaven, then the NRMA Safer Driving School is the best place to start.

Our best practice curriculum focuses on low risk driving techniques to assist students to become safer drivers for life and not to just pass their driving test.

We appoint only the highest quality driving instructors, each of whom undergoes additional training to meet NRMA Safer Driving School's quality standards. Each has been chosen not only for their skills as professional educators but for their enormous passion for what they do. Regular re-training programs ensure that all NRMA driving instructors are fully abreast of changes in industry practice and modern education techniques.

We offer driving lessons for drivers at any stage of the license process - any age and any level of driving ability.

Whether you've just got your L's, want to refresh your driving skills or need to sit a seniors assessment, the NRMA Safer Driving School Illawarra and Shoalhaven can help. 

Lesson pricing

NRMA Safer Driving School Illawarra and Shoalhaven provides local customers with the same "World's Best Practice" training curriculum that is unique to all NRMA driving schools at an affordable rate.

Lesson length varies from 60 minutes to 3 hours depending on individual needs, with a 90 minute ongoing driving lesson highly recommended allowing time to review previously taught competencies and introduce new material with sufficient time to practice. 

For Learner Drivers
90 minute lesson (initial driving lesson)

A requirement for learner drivers who have not previously had a lesson with an NRMA safer driving instructor. The 90 minute lesson is designed to allow appropriate time to determine the Students knowledge, current skill and confidence level so a tailored program can be developed to suit their needs.


Lesson prices vary according to location and number of lessons purchased. 

60 - 180 minute lesson (subsequent driving lessons)

For learner drivers who have already had an initial driving lesson with an NRMA safer driving instructor. Ongoing lesson duration can vary in length depending on lesson outcome requirements. Longer sessions can also assist in managing busy schedules. Your instructor can best advise on your individual requirements. All lessons regardless of duration are structured and tailored to suit individual needs.

$72.00 per hour (or part thereof)

Lesson prices vary according to location and number of lessons purchased. 

Safer Drivers Course

Available to NSW learners under the age of 25 who have completed at least 50 on-road hours in their learner logbook. These hours do not include those accruded through (3 for 1) structured professional instruction.  

This course aims to help young learner drivers be safer on the road once they receive their provisional licence. Completion on the course will result in a 20 hour reduction in the learner logbook hours. Find out more here.

$140.00 incl GST


Refresher Lessons 
60-90 minute Refresher Lesson

Great for anyone who wants to freshen up their driving skills and update their road rule knowledge at any stage in their driving lifecycle. The refresher can also target specific areas of concern as requested.

$72.00 per hour (or part thereof)

Lesson prices vary according to location and number of lessons purchased. 

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FREE Roadside Assistance for 16 - 20 year olds

NRMA Free2go Membership is specifically designed for the needs of 16 to 20 year olds who are learning to drive or have their licence.

Free2go offer Members personal Roadside Assistance 24/7, 365 days a year. This means that the NRMA will be there to help if the car you are travelling in has a problem, even if it's not your car* and you are a passenger.

Plus you get access to all the extra benefits of NRMA Membership, including discounts on motoring and lifestyle products and services, special offers, exclusive competitions, free motoring advise and much more.

Membership is free for the first year if you're 17-20 years old or free for 2 years if you're 16 years old. Find out more about Free2go.

*excludes Taxi's.

NRMA Member offer

NRMA Members are able to take advantage of our exclusive Member offer by purchasing a package voucher through their instructor.

  • 5 hour lesson voucher - receive 5% off*
  • 10 hour lesson voucher -  receive 10% off* 

Please note that some promotional lessons and products may exclude the NRMA Member offer.

*Offer is for 5 or 10 hour ongoing lesson vouchers purchased either directly with your instructor or online. Each voucher is applicable to one instructor only and is not transferable between instructors. Visit our terms and conditions page for full lesson and NRMA Member offer terms and conditions including our cancellation policy.

Free keys2drive lesson

NRMA Safer Driving School is actively involved in keys2drive, Australia's largest national driver safety program for beginner drivers.

Funded by the Australian Government, keys2drive is a youth road safety program which provides learner drivers and their parent/supervisor with a FREE 60 minute session with an accredited driving instructor.

NRMA Safer Driving School has accredited keys2drive instructors who can deliver this free session. See profiles for instructors able to conduct this lesson.

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Instructor profiles

Meet the team at NRMA Safer Driving School, Illawarra & Shoalhaven
Ronald Binder - Wollongong
Automatic Transmission 
Achieving results and professionalism is Ron's number one priority.  He is proud to be a part of NRMA Safer Driving School because he shares the same beliefs and values about road safety.  He enjoys working one on one with his customers and strives to educate them on how to remain safe drivers well beyond their driving test.

When he is not at work Ron is a lover of all sports and spends his time playing tennis and soccer. 


  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • Safer Drivers Course coach

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My wife Dung Le had 2 lessons with another driving school and was not comfortable with the instructor so I booked for her an initial lesson with NRMA. Just returned from her lesson with Ron Binder and is extremely happy with the way he is teaching her. She feels much more confident. Hope to now stay with NRMA. Thank you. Geoff and Dung February 2016
I wanted to thank Ronald for his professional teaching, patience and kindness over the past few months in assisting me to pass my P1 driving test. Ronald gave me the confidence to be a safe driver, whilst at the same time stressing the importance of observing all the road rules. I would not have passed my P1 driving test on the first attempt if it was not for the support and encouragement of Ronald. I would wholeheartedly recommend him as an instructor and wanted to thank NRMA Safer Driving School Wollongong for having an extremely diligent driving instructor in their team. Kieta - February 2014
Olivia Crowie - Wollongong
Automatic Transmission 
Olivia's passion for her job has derived from years within the education sector. Her career has been built on teaching, training, facilitating and coaching.

Now continuing her passion through driving instruction, having a direct impact on teaching learners a practical life long skill.

Her aim is to inspire and encourage learner drivers to strive for excellence, recognise their achievements and live to their fullest potential.

With Olivia, you will have access to all the necessary tools, experiences, practical skills, road rules, attitude and mental ability to be a confident independent safe driver.

"For over 30 years, Olivia has helped students succeed"


  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • Safer Drivers Course facilitator

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Olivia Crowie
Kevin Crowie - Wollongong & Kiama
Automatic & Manual Transmission 
Experience, skills, passion and results is what made Kevin become a driving instructor. He is passionate in his desire to teach people how to drive safely. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and is committed to communicating the importance of safe driving to his students.

Kevin enjoys providing easy-to-understand instructions to meet diverse audience needs and teaching students of all ages. He has a great sense of humour, compassionate and patient whilst still remaining professional.

When he is not driving, Kevin can be seen cycling all around Wollongong. He also enjoys walks on the beach with his wife and daughter.       

  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • Safer Drivers Course facilitator
  • Safer Drivers Course coach

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I have been pondering what to write over the last few days hence the time delay. But I would like to say a tremendous thank you to both Kevin and Olivia for helping me pass my p's test on Thursday.  Kevin is such a calming and patient person and I commend him on putting up with my indecisiveness and self-doubt. Yes, I still owe you a kit-kat and countless dollars for doubting myself, and no I won't ever forget that.

I thank you for controlling my speeding devil tendencies due to my '200m rule', and I also thank you for confusing me by telling me to kerb-side stop in the 45° angle park. Don't try to say you didn't tell me that. Every time we would drive together we would always have a good laugh, whether it be about cyclists abusing us or angry people beeping behind us.

I'm still baffled about how we both managed to get our words in, considering we are such talkative people. It was always a joy to drive in the car with you and I couldn't have asked for a better driving instructor!!

And Olivia, I would like to say a huge thank you for your company. Ringing up to book a lesson was the most pleasurable thing, you would never fail to put a smile on my face. I made sure dad would give me heaps of money so I could always have an excuse to have a chat to you. Talking to you would, and still does, make my day. You are the nicest person I have ever talked to and I love how much we have in common (only one serving of ice-cream okay?).  

I always laughed so much on the phone with you, whether we were talking about food, or talking about how I will be a millionaire. Don't worry, I won't forget about you and Kevin!! So once again, thank you both for making my day and making my learning experience one to remember.

I don't have enough nice things to say about you pair. 10000000% recommend either one of you guys for driving lessons, you are both wonderful people! :) - Mikayla 25 October  2016

I had a really great learning experience with Kevin. He was super friendly and an awesome teacher who ensured I was ready for my test and made me a more safe and competent driver. Highly recommended. Daniel - 11 January 2016

I have had many driving instructors, and Kevin is by far the best. I would 110% recommend him!!! Emily - 28 December 2015

Kevin Crowie
Amanda Fookes - Kiama & Nowra
Automatic Transmission
Amanda found her love for driver training whilst teaching her own children to drive. She enjoys providing tuition to customers from all walks of life as it continually presents her with unique challenges and a sense of fulfilment. She especially enjoys empowering her students to make their own decisions and developing the necessary skills required to drive safely in any situation.

In her spare time she loves being around her family and getting amongst nature through camping and 4 wheel driving.


  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • Older driver assessor
  • Safer Drivers Course Coach

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Locations covered

Wollongong & Surrounding Suburbs

Austinmer Dombarton Mount Keira Thirroul
Balgownie East Corrimal Mount Kembla Towradgi
Bellambi Fairy Meadow Mount Ousley Unanderra
Berkeley Farmborough Heights Mount Pleasant Unanderra DC
Bulli Fernhill Mount Saint Thomas Uni of Wollongong
Clifton Figtree North Wollongong Warrawong
Coalcliff Gwynneville Otford West Wollongong
Coledale Helensburgh Port Kembla Wollongong
Coniston Keiraville Pimbee Wollongong
Cordeaux Kembla Grange Russel Vale Wollongong DC
Cordeaux Heights Kembla Heights Scarborough Wollongong West
Corrimal Lake Heights Spring Hill Wombarra
Corrimal East Lilyvale Stanwell Park Woonona
Cringila Maddens Plains Stanwell Tops Woonona East
Darke's Forest Mangerton Tarrawanna Woronora Dam

Kiama & Surrounding Suburbs

Albion Park Rail Avondale Barrack Heights Barrack Point
Blackbutt Bombo Broughton Village Calderwood
Cleveland Croom Curramore Dapto
Dunmore Flinders Foxground Gerringong
Gerroa Haywards Bay Horsley Huntley
Jamberoo Jerrara Kanahooka Kiama
Koonawarra Lake Illawarra Marshal Mount Minnamurra
Mount Warrigal North Macquarie Oak Flats Penrose
Rose Valley Saddleback Mountain Shell Cove Shellharbour
Tongarra Toolijooa Tullimbar Warilla
Werri Beach Willow Wingdang Wongawilli
Yallah Yellow Rock    

Nowra & Surrounding Suburbs

Bangalee Coolangatta Mundamia Numbaa
Berry Far Meadow North Nowra Shoalhaven Heads
Bolong Illaroo Nowra South Nowra
Bomaderry Jaspers Brush Nowra East Terara
Brundee Longreach Nowra Hill West Nowra
Cambewarra Meroo Meadow Nowra North Worrigee
Cambewarra Village

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