About unsafe2safe

Buying a newer, safer car can be costly, especially for young drivers.

The safety of your car makes a difference in the event of a crash and may even help avoid one altogether.

Young drivers are over-represented in road trauma data – and that’s why our trial program to help them access safer vehicles is really important.

How it works

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If you're a young driver from Ballarat or Bendigo regions you can apply to be part of the first trial phase by completing our survey.

Before you apply check your car's safety rating with the tool below.

Initially, we’re looking for up to 50 young people with older, unsafe vehicles from Bendigo, Ballarat and surrounds to help us test and provide feedback on the process.

In 2022, we'll expand the program to other regions across Victoria.

Apply by completing the survey below.

Completion of the survey does not guarantee participation in the trial.

You can check the safety rating of your vehicle by visiting https://howsafeisyourcar.com.au

Search for your vehicle by entering your number plate, or the make, model and year of your car.

The results will display a Used Car Safety Rating out of 5 stars or note whether the car is not rated/unrated - you will need this information to complete your application.

It will also show some additional detail about your car's safety features - or lack of them.

You can also download the ANCAP report for your vehicle.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Transport is committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal information collected, handled, stored or disclosed about you through our online services shall be managed in accordance with the principles of Victorian privacy laws.

We only collect and record personal information that is provided directly to us that is necessary for us to perform our functions or activities.

The information you provide will be used to allow us to:

  • design some aspects of the program policy to ensure it meets its objective
  • verify that you meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the trial
  • contact you in case you are selected to participate in the trial and send you instructions to participate
  • contact you at the end of the trial to understand your experience and how we can improve the program
  • evaluate the success of the trial program
  • assess the continuation or expansion of the program
  • design other road safety initiatives to support the reduction of road trauma in Victoria

You don’t have to give us all the information we ask you to provide, and we respect your choice to remain anonymous. You may interact with us anonymously where it is lawful and practicable for you to do so. However, failing to provide the required fields in the survey may make you ineligible to participate in the program. Unless asked for, please do not include personally identifying information in the body of open text questions or your submission.

By providing your personal information in the survey, you are consenting to be contacted by the Department of Transport to seek any clarification on your responses and/or to provide you updates on the unsafe2safe program.

If you provide information relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association or trade association/union, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, sexual preference or criminal record, please note that we will consider that by providing this information you also provide us with consent to collect it.

You have a right to access any personal information we hold and may ask us to update or correct your personal information.

For more information on the Department’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information, or on how you can access your personal information held by the Department, please see the DoT Privacy Policy.