These are regular questions that we receive from people that are considering doing this course. The answers to these questions are general in nature only and are not designed to be specific legal advice. You should obtain your own independent legal advise on any specific questions that you have.

The completion of the RATE Program is not compulsory if you are going to court. Having said that though, it is a very good idea to complete the program as it will demonstrate to the court that you have taken steps to address

Put simply, by completing this course you may be able to demonstrate to the court that you are taking steps to address any offending behaviour or any other underlying problems. You may be able to demonstrate that your offending was one off and isolated. You may be able to demonstrate that you have learnt something from your experience and have addressed any issues involving rehabilitation. You may be eligible to receive a reduction in your sentence. You may be eligible to receive a reduction in the length of the disqualification of your drivers licence. You may be eligible to receive a restricted licence / work licence (where the legislation in that state or territory allows). It may be the difference in whether or not you go to jail.

The course has online lectures and there are course notes that must be completed. The course notes are a reflection of what you have learned from the program and it is expected that you will take 30 – 45 minutes to complete those notes.

The total average time to complete the entire course is 5 hours.

  • Counselling / Psychology:
    Delivered by a Qualified Psychologist who will discuss offending behaviour, decision making, making wise choices, and the consequences of poor decision-making.
  • Legal Perspective:
    Delivered by a Solicitor who will discuss the law, offences, punishment and consequences, court procedures, and preparation for court.
  • Police Perspective:
    Delivered by a Police Officer who will discuss road trauma, the law, investigation process, road compliance, offences, and consequences of non-compliance.
  • Road Trauma Victim Perspective:
    Delivered by a victim of road trauma and will discuss the impact of road trauma, injuries, death, life changes, physical/emotional/financial and psychological consequences of offending on the road.
  • Safe operation of a motor vehicle:
    Delivered by a qualified driver educator who will discuss the requirements for the preparation and safe operation of a vehicle, the correct attitude and approach when driving, and some practical advice when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

All of the presenters are experts in road safety who have had many years of experience in the industry. The presenters are educators who have a passion and the required knowledge to pass on to those who want to learn to be safe on the roads.

The cost of the course is $225.00 and can be paid through PayPal or by credit card on our website. The course must be paid for in full before the commencement of the first session. The course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Once the course fee is paid you will be emailed a specific code which will give you a one-off access to log into the course.

You don’t have to have a lawyer represent you in court. It is, however, a good idea to seek legal advice before you decide whether or not you will represent yourself. Having a lawyer has many advantages and a qualified and experienced lawyer will usually help you get the best result in all the circumstances.

A Magistrate is the Judicial Officer who sits in the Magistrates/Local Court. A Magistrate hears the vast majority of all matters. A Judge is the Judicial Officer who sits in the District/Supreme/County Court. The Magistrate/Judge is the person who will be deciding your punishment.

When you complete the viewing of each of the online lectures you will be required to complete the course notes which are also available online. Once you have completed your course notes you will need to submit them to the course coordinator for assessment. You will then receive a certificate of completion and a certified copy of your course notes. You will need to give these documents to your lawyer, or if you don’t have a lawyer representing you, you will need to give these directly to the Magistrate or Judge.

You should seek legal advice before going to court. You can speak to the Legal Aid office, free Community Legal Centres, or arrange for private legal representation.

You will need to give your certificate of completion and course notes to the Magistrate or Judge. The court may ask you about the course and what you have learned from it.

You should listen carefully in court and be polite and respectful at all times.

Just because you complete this course it will not guarantee that you will receive a reduced penalty. However, the court will usually take into consideration any efforts at rehabilitation and education. By completing this course you may be able to demonstrate to the court that you have learned something from the entire process, and accordingly, you will be a person with a reduced risk of reoffending in the future. You should listen carefully during the lectures and take as many notes as you possibly can which will assist you in completing your course notes.

It is simple to enrol in the program. You simply need to complete the online application form and pay the course fee. You will then be given a specific and one off enrolment code which will give you full access to the online program including the lectures and case notes. If you have any additional questions you can send the course coordinator an email who will answer your questions.

Generally speaking, the courts will recognise rehabilitation programs such as the RATE Program. To demonstrate that you have learnt something from the course, it is recommended that you spend some time and reflect on what you have seen and heard. You should make detailed and insightful comments in your course notes.

Yes, it is very much worth completing the RATE Program. Any genuine attempts at rehabilitation and education that you take will help you as a person, and also probably assist you in court. There are no guarantees that the court will reduce your penalty but the successful completion of the program will create a very persuasive argument for the reduction in penalties including; jail time, probation, community service, suspended sentences, fines and licence disqualifications where the legislation allows.

This course is relevant to any charge that relates to a motor vehicle. That can include; drink driving, unlicenced driving, dangerous driving, hooning, any traffic infringements, drug driving, police chases, evading police, speeding, negligent driving, repeat offences, and driving without due care and attention.

Anyone can do this course, no matter which state or territory, or country you are from. The principles in this course relate to safety and security on our roads. These principles apply anywhere.

Of course you can. This program is designed not only for rehabilitation of offenders but also for education purposes. Part of our mission statement reads, “We are aiming to make our streets a safer place.” This principle applies to every member of our community, not just traffic offenders.

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