Canberra NRMA Safer Driving School

Learn to drive with NRMA Safer Driving School

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

Book direct with your instructor below

About us

As the experts in motoring and road safety for over 90 years, it's no wonder our Members called for NRMA to provide a high quality and trust worthy driving school in the Canberra ACT region.

Since the start of operation in the ACT in 2007, NRMA Safer Driving School has ensured our best practice curriculum focuses on low risk driving techniques to assist students to become safer drivers for life and not to just obtain their Ps.

If you wish to obtain your provisional drivers licence through the ACT Logbook system, our Accredited Driving Instructors ensure their teaching approach builds on the required 22 driver competencies.

Our instructors are also happy to help you prepare for the one off test with a Government Examiner as we offer driving lessons at any stage of the licence process - any age and any level of driving ability.

Whether you've just got your L's, want to refresh your driving skills or have an overseas licence, the NRMA Safer Driving School Canberra can help.

Why choose NRMA Safer Driving School?

  • 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 ensures that all NRMA driving instructors are fully abreast of changes in industry practice and modern education techniques.
  • We have been in the motoring and road safety space for over 90 years.

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Book direct with your instructor 

Meet the team at NRMA Safer Driving School, Canberra
Craig Harrington - Call 0408 117 125 or Book Online
Automatic transmission - North & Central Canberra

Craig believes that a student should never apologise for making a mistake. Apologising can make students feel incompetent and distracts them from the next part of the lesson. Craig makes his students aware that many crashes could be avoided if drivers paid more attention, obeyed the rules and drove in a predictable manner. He aims to impart knowledge to students through real life examples of driver behaviour and its consequences.

Craig has obtained great satisfaction over the years seeing his students progress to become safe, independent drivers. A favourite student quote he recalls sums up the learning journey: "Half way through my logbook I thought I was a good driver but now I've finished and look back, I realise I wasn't that good at all".

Most of his time away from the road is spent with his wife and two young daughters.

Craig holds both an ACT and NSW Driving Instructors Licence and is an accredited NSW Senior Assessor and Keys2drive instructor 


  • ACT & NSW Driving instructor licence
  • Keys2drive accredited instructor
  • NSW Older Driver Assessor

To book a lesson with Craig click here.                           

Craig Harrington
Yasir Mohammad - Call 0466 110 786 or Book Online
Manual transmission - Queanbeyan & North & Central Canberra

The ongoing instructor training provided by NRMA is greatly valued by Yasir who takes pride in offering the highest standard of tuition to his students. He acknowledges that it's important to understand the road rules and regulations and sees the key challenge of his role to be embedding safe driving practices.

For Yasir this challenge comes with great rewards for his students, and therefore there's opportunity to structure effective lessons that are also an enjoyable learning experience. As new skills are learned there is a great sense of achievement and he enjoys seeing his students progress.

Yasir enjoys time behind the wheel and can often be found enjoying a countryside drive. Weekends often involve sharing a meal with family and friends, ideally outdoors, and some down time watching TV is a favourite way to unwind.

Yasir is accredited to conduct keys2drive lessons.


  • ACT & NSW Driving instructor licence
  • Keys2drive accredited instructor

To book a driving lesson with Yasir click here.

Yasir Mohammad
George Switalski - 0432 103 632 or Book Online
Automatic transmission - North & Central Canberra
George has over forty years driving experience, thirty six of them as a Police Officer. He has seen the carnage that is caused by speed, fatigue and other influencing factors, the vast majority of which is avoidable. George is passionate and determined to ensure all of his students, at whatever level he first encounters them, learn and enhance their safe driving skills. His goal is to see all of his students maintain good independent driving habits after receiving their full licence and remain accident free.

George understands that although obtaining a driving licence comes with a huge amount of responsibility the journey should always be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all concerned.

In his sparetime, George is an avid golfer and follower of most elite sports, he also enjoys working in the garden and spending time with his wife and three children.

  • ACT & NSW Driving instructor licence
  • Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation - University of Sydney
  • Certificate in Deafness Awareness - Deaf Society of NSW

To book a driving lesson with George click here.


George Switalski
Lynnette Thomas - 0414 776 540 or Book Online
Automatic Transmission - South Canberra & Queanbeyan

Lynnette's success as a driving instructor is driven by the love of her job. Her 16 years' experience has enabled Lynnette to build a wealth of knowledge and adapt her teaching style to the individual needs of her students. She is extremely patient and has a quiet, pleasant personality.

Lynnette provides lessons to both ACT and NSW license holders in Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounding areas.

Lynnette holds both an ACT & NSW Driving Instructors Licence.


  • ACT & NSW Driving instructor licence
  • Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation - University of Sydney
  • Certificate in Deafness Awareness - Deaf Society of NSW

To book a driving lesson with Lynette click here.

Lynnette Thomas
Margaret Secomb - 0434 833 131 or Book Online
Automatic Transmission - South Canberra & Manual Transmission (Tuggeranong only)

Being a mother of three Margaret is well aware of the challenges parents face when teaching their teenagers to be safe drivers. Her passion for her job and developing independence in her learners stems from her personal experience teaching her own children to drive.

"I was proud of the fact I was my son's only teacher when he passed his P's first go but it wasn't until I went through the qualifications to become an instructor that I realised how much I hadn't taught him about low risk driving and how to be a safer driver".

Margaret is friendly, easy going and enjoys conversations. She is patient, understanding and well-liked by her students.

She has many interests such as going to live sports, photography, crochet, knitting, keeping fit, movies, comedy acts and going to local festivals.

"Big thanks to Margaret & the NRMA for helping me finally get my P's! Margaret has been extremely helpful, friendly and thorough in her teaching, and I am very grateful for all her hard work." Grace - Jan 2016


  • ACT & NSW Driving instructor licence

To book a driving lesson with Margaret click here

Margaret Secomb

Call 1300 696 762 or the instructor direct to book a lesson

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Local activities

NRMA Motoring & Services has a strong community focus in Canberra and supports a number of local initiatives.

We installed the first public electric car charging station in Canberra at Tuggeranong in 2011 and were a proud sponsor of Canberra's Centenary celebrations.

Instructor Lynnette

Instructor Lynnette enjoying the Canberra Centenary celebrations in March 2013.

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Lesson pricing

NRMA Safer Driving School Canberra 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
60 - 90 minute lesson
During your first lesson your Instructor will be able to assess your current skill and confidence level to help ensure a tailored program is developed for ongoing lessons.
Ongoing lessons can vary in length and are dependent on the lesson outcome requirements. Your instructor can best advise on your individual requirements.
$78.00 per hour (or part thereof)

$82.00 per hour (or part there of) commencing 1st April 2017
Refresher Lessons 
60 - 90 minute refresher
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.
$78.00 per hour (or part thereof)

$82.00 per hour (or part there of) commencing 1st April 2017

Your instructor is happy to book you in for a driving lesson and to arrange payment. We accept payments at each driving lesson by cash, cheque or voucher.

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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 here.

*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 directly with the instructor via the link within their profile above. 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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I would like to thank Margaret from the Canberra team for being a great driving instructor. She is friendly, easy to chat with, and a great person in general. Margaret has taught me so much about how to be a better driver through our lessons, and I'm grateful I was assigned such a helpful and friendly instructor. Many thanks to Margaret of the NRMA Canberra team for being a great teacher. Muthita -  Sept 2016

I would like to thank the NRMA with providing me with a wonderful driving instructor. Shoel has looked after me throughout my time using NRMA and actively encouraged me to drive in a far more cautious manner. As I had transferred from another driving school, and had been forced to drive in what can only be described as a reckless and unsafe manner, I was relieved with this change as well as the encouragement I received when driving more suited to the conditions. Mr Fakhrul is a wonderful driving instructor who has always thought of my well being first and without I doubt I could have kept up my confidence as a driver. Thank you once again. Frances - Feb 2016

Big thanks to Margaret & the NRMA for helping me finally get my P's! Margaret has been extremely helpful, friendly and thorough in her teaching, and I am very grateful for all her hard work. Grace - Jan 2016

I wish to thank Craig Harrington for his calm and very patient approach to teaching my daughter Sophia to drive. She on many occasions mentioned how much she appreciated and enjoyed being taught by Craig. I have had no hesitation in recommending Craig to others seeking a skilled, patient and friendly driving instructor. I will be contacting him later in the year as our two sons have their learner permits and will be seeking professional instruction. Once again thank you very much. David - Kaleen

I just wanted to say thank you to Shoel Fakhrul. His expertise and fantastic teaching has enabled me to obtain my P's. I will definitely recommend the NRMA to friends based on my very positive experience, thank you! From Facebook - Rhianne

All I can say is the instructor (Shoel Fakhrul) was an experienced competent instructor. The NRMA driving school services were excellent over all a great experience with NRMA driving school. They went well beyond what was expected, would absolutely recommend to others. Mona - ACT

Craig (Harrington) is a fantastic instructor. Because of the demands of work (and sometimes being sent interstate at short notice for longer periods), I have had to stop and start the driving lesson process a few times over the last few years and have consequently tried a few different instructors. I found Craig to be just excellent, careful above all, full of good advice and suggestions that were always made in a manner appropriate to the situation and a great judge of what was up to and what I would be capable of doing next. He was particularly good at coming up with different ways of thinking about particular manoeuvres if one way wasn't quite gelling (such as during the dreaded reverse park) and explaining why a particular step needed to be taken in as easily understandable and compelling way. I would recommend him to anyone. He has a wonderfully calm and unflappable nature, which I found very calming during the first classes where I was most nervous. He is also just a very nice person, who made the whole experience very easy and stress free. I would recommend Craig to anyone I know who is looking for a driving instructor. Irene - ACT

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Locations covered

Suburbs covered by our Canberra school are:
Acton Ainslie Amaroo ANU
Aranda Banks Barton Belconnen
Black Mountain Bonner Bonython Braddon
Bruce Calwell Campbell Canberra
Capital Hill Casey Chapham Charwood
Chifley Chisholm Conder Cook
Crace Curtin Deakin Dickson
Downer Duffy Dunlop Duntroon
Erindale Evatt Fadden Farrer
Fisher Florey Flynn Forde
Forrest Franklin Fraser Fyshwick
Garran Gilmore Ginninderra Village Giralang
Gordon Gowrie Greenway Griffith
Gungahlin Hackett Hall Harman
Harrison Hawker Higgins Holder
Holt Hughes Hume Isaacs
Isabella Plains Jamison Kaleen Kambah
Kingston Kippax Latham Lawson
Lyneham Lyons Macarthur Macgregor
Macquarie Majura Manuka Mawson
Mckellar Melba Mitchell Monash
Mount Stromlo Narrabundah Ngunnawal Nicholls
North Lyneham O'Connor O'Malley Oaks Estate
Oxley Page Palmerston Parkes
Pearce Phillip Pialligo Red Hill
Reid Richardson Rivett Russell
Scullin Spence Stirling Swinger Hill
Symonston Theodore Torrens Tuggeranong
Turner Wanniassa Waramanga Watson
Weetangera Weston Woden Yarralumla

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