Rate Program


Sponsor Brooke

Brooke Winter

Course Coordinator

Brooke is an expert in traffic law and has been in the industry in various capacities for 27 years. Brooke was previously an investigator in both the NSW and Queensland Police Services. Brooke then became a qualified Police Prosecutor for a number of years and prosecuted in both Metropolitan and Country locations. Brooke has been a defence lawyer since 2006 and specialises in Traffic related matters.

Sponsor Damien

Damien Thomas

Psychologist | BA (Psych); GradDipPsych; MPsych(Org); MAPS

Damien completed his Masters in Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has over 20 years experience as a Psychologist and has specialised in the field of adolescent psychology. Damien has provided consultancy within the education sector, where he has undertaken large-scale projects including sociological research. Damien founded iModality in 2014 following a 13 year career within the national security sector. Damien continues to provide wide ranging consultancy within the security sector, most notably within the field of countering violent extremism (CVE). He has extensive experience working within culturally diverse environments. Damien writes pre-sentence reports for those appearing in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts. He has extensive experience in the psychology of driving, and why people commit offences on the road. Damien will discuss the reasons why people make mistakes on our roads, distractions, decision making, and what you can do to make yourself a better driver on the roads.

Sponsor Allanah

Allanah Patron

Solicitor | Traffic Law Specialist

Allanah is an experienced lawyer and practices in the jurisdictions of Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Allanah graduated from Bond University with Honours and specialises in Traffic Law. She has an in depth knowledge and experience of the court system and has represented hundreds of clients who have been charged by the police. Allanah will share with you an understanding of the law, how the court system works, the legal system in general, traffic offending and penalties, and preparations required for appearances in a courtroom.

Sponsor Pat

Pat McDonald

Expert Crash Investigator

Patrick is a qualified and experienced Crash Investigator who has been involved in the industry for over 22 years. He has attended and investigated more than 500 minor and serious incidents including fatal accidents. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science and holds accreditation in many specialised courses in car, motorcycle, pedestrian, commercial vehicles and bicycle collisions. Patrick is an accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist through The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. Patrick will discuss accident investigation and focus on the “Fatal 5” of road safety – Speeding, Drink/Drug Driving, Seatbelts, Fatigue, Mobile phones/distraction.

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 advice 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 prior to going to court. It will demonstrate to the Magistrate / Judge that you have take steps to address offending on the road, driver education and road safety issues.

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.

There is approximately 5 hours of lecture time which must be viewed online. In addition, there are course notes which must be completed. The course notes are a reflection of what you have learnt 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 course is 5 1/2 hours

  • Fatal 5:
    Drink and Drug driving / Distraction and Inattention / Speeding / Fatigue / Failure
  • Counselling / Psychology:
    Delivered by a Qualified and experienced Psychologist who will discuss offending behaviour, decision making, making wise choices, the consequences of poor decision making.
  • Legal Perspective:
    Delivered by a highly qualified and experienced traffic lawyer who will discuss the law, offences, punishment and consequences, court procedures, and preparation for court.
  • Police Perspective:
    Delivered by an expert road crash investigator who will discuss road trauma, the law, investigation process, road compliance, offences and consequences of non compliance.

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

The presenters cover the main topics of;

  • Psychology and Driving
  • The Law and Police
  • Crash Investigation / Causation

The cost of the course is $225.00 and can be paid through paypal or credit card on our website. The course must be paid for in full prior to the commencement of the first session. The course fee is non refundable and non transferrable.

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.

It is not essential that you have a lawyer represent you in court. It is however a good idea to seek legal advice prior to you making the decision of 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.

Not having a lawyer can be the difference between losing your licence / not getting a restricted licence / longer disqualification periods / higher fines and penalties / jail.

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 making the decision about your punishment.

When you successfully 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 prior to 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 learnt 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 learnt 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. In order 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.

Absolutely anybody can do this course, no matter where you are located. It doesn’t matter which state or territory or country you are from. The principles in this course relate to the safety and security on every road. These principles apply anywhere. Note: You should check with your local Transport Department in relation to their specific requirements for the reissuing of drivers licences.

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.

You can use any desktop, laptop, iPad or Mobile Phone, as long as they have internet connection.
You absolutely can pay for the course with Afterpay. There are no additional fees for this payment type.
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