ILUKA Driving School was one of the first driving schools to temporarily close down in March 2020 due to the evolving global pandemic and the potential spread of COVID-19.  We’ve been following medical and Government advice since then and with the number of new COVID-19 infections now being held to minimal levels in WA (apart from quarantined overseas travellers) we made the decision to reopen for business as from Monday 11 May 2020.

Bookings for driving lessons are available via our Online Bookings page or by calling or texting 0401 379 222.

The Department of Transport assessors have worked through the backlog of PDA bookings and wait periods for booking PDAs is returning to a more normal situation.

Obviously lessons will be provided subject to learners conforming to common sense guidelines related to the experiencing of any flu-like or respiratory symptoms.

For further details on the Department of Transport FAQs please  CLICK HERE

The reality is that many parents would struggle with the PDA if they attempted it today.  This is because bad driving habits creep in over the years. Many parents are also unaware of changes to road rules that have occurred since they got their licence, there is a widespread misunderstanding of how to indicate at roundabouts, and many don’t come to a ‘complete stop’ at stop signs/lines.

Just take a look at the quality of drivers on Perth roads and it’s obvious that standards are seriously lacking across the board.  Some of these bad drivers are parents of teenagers.

A lot of parents also teach their children to steer using an inefficient, shuffling push-pull style despite they themselves crossing their hands when turning corners and parking.  This misguided belief which is held by many parents is due to an ‘urban myth’ that has been perpetuated for decades by parents, learners and driving instructors – some of whom were trained overseas under different rules.  The official instruction in the “How to Pass Your Driving Assessment” booklet issue by the WA Department of Transport is:

“You do not have to use a special method of steering or using the gears but the method you use should help you operate the car safely.

    • Steer with both hands unless you are operating the controls.
    • Keep your hands on the outside of the steering wheel.
    • Keep your hands in a position that allows you to adjust your steering if you need to do so.
    • Do not completely cross your ARMS”.

While the system allows for parent instruction, it is very important for a learner to be taught correct habits from the outset.  An accredited instructor understands the required standard for sitting and passing the PDA and can provide this initial input and help set up the learner driver for later success.


ILUKA Driving School offers Train the Trainer sessions to reacquaint parents with the way that they should have been driving for all those years and allow them to pass on correct driving advice to their children.  These sessions are basically a “cook’s tour” of the Joondalup test area highlighting areas of interest and tricks and traps for the unwary.  The parking exercises are also demonstrated, road rules emphasised and the format of the driving test explained.

Parents are not expected to drive but to merely come along as a passenger so that they can take in as much information as possible.

For a relatively small investment of $100 for 90 minutes, parents can equip themselves with much of the required knowledge to teach their child properly and potentially save a bundle of money in the process.

Contrary to popular belief, you can use either method.  There is a misguided assumption among countless learner drivers, parents and some instructors that the push-pull method should be used in the PDA, however this is not the case.

The official instruction in the “How to Pass Your Driving Assessment” booklet issue by the WA Department of Transport is:

“You do not have to use a special method of steering or using the gears but the method you use should help you operate the car safely.

  • Steer with both hands unless you are operating the controls.
  • Keep your hands on the outside of the steering wheel.
  • Keep your hands in a position that allows you to adjust your steering if you need to do so.
  • Do not completely cross your ARMS”.

NOTE: Crossing of ARMS refers to the situation where your elbows lock after half a turn if you try to turn the wheel with your hands locked in the “10 and 2” or “9 and 3” position – not the mere crossing of HANDS as per the hand-over-hand technique!

As a Joondalup Department of Transport Driving Assessor once advised me, “Push-pull steering is ‘old school’ “.

At ILUKA Driving School we demonstrate both methods and allow you to decide what’s right for you.

There are strong opinions about the merits of each steering method within the driver training industry, however we won’t engage in that debate here!

If you come to us with a preference of either push-pull or hand-over-hand, we won’t try to change you to another technique – provided that the execution of your chosen style is EFFICIENT and allows for quick changes of direction in low speed manoeuvres.


Yes you will.

Apart from being an essential driving skill, there is a reasonable chance that you will need to perform the manoeuvre in your PDA.

As they say, “practice makes perfect”.  Well, actually, “perfect practice makes perfect!”  We spend a lot of time learning and practicing the various parking drills so you are best placed to execute correctly in your driving test.

And more importantly, your friends will think you’re a legend if you can confidently parallel park in the last available space right outside your destination, rather than making them walk half a kilometre in the rain because you weren’t prepared to attempt it and had to go and park somewhere easier further down the road!

It’s not that hard – you just need to know how!

With so many driving schools to select from, why would you choose to go with us?

Firstly, our lessons go for a full 60 minutes – and often slightly longer.

We don’t book “back to back” lessons and we limit ourselves to the number of lessons we provide in a day – so we can sometimes go overtime on your lesson to reinforce a specific aspect or finish something off properly – at no extra cost to you!  You can’t do that with other driving schools if the next person’s lesson is due to start straight after yours!

We take you to many places around the Joondalup CBD and surrounding areas to give you exposure to many of the more difficult aspects of driving in Joondalup, including the exact places where many people fail.  You won’t get this experience simply driving from A to B with your parents, and encountering these tricky situations in for the first time in your PDA is likely to set you up for a less than ideal outcome.

We cover off what to expect in the ‘Left Something Behind’ and ‘Stop for Shopping’ exercises in terms of parking and driving manoeuvres and equip you the knowledge to go away and practice these drills with your parents or supervisor between lessons.

It’s all about giving you the best possible chance of passing your PDA.


Lessons are $70 for a full 60 minutes (Debit/Credit Card or Cash).

We generally don’t book up back to back lessons so if we need to go overtime on your lesson to finish something off properly, we can do so.

Purchasing blocks of lessons as a package can also be a cost effective option.  See our Prices and Packages page for more details.



We accept all major Debit/Credit cards, tap and go, cash or online bank deposit (by arrangement).  For packages, we can tailor your payment arrangements to suit the package and your budget.

ILUKA Driving School offer lessons by the hour or as a package.  We understand that parents are busy and if we can be there to help with some of the load, we’re happy to do so.

The focus for passing the PDA is based on relatively low speed Joondalup CBD streets and carparks so that’s where we spend a lot of our time.  We also venture out onto some of the 70/80 kph roads and tackle a bit of high speed driving and merging on the Mitchell Freeway.  The route of the PDA can be a north, south, east or west direction from the licensing centre carpark so you have to be prepared for any eventuality.  We recognise, however, that the October 2017 changes to the system requiring 50 hours of driving (including 5 hours of night driving) before sitting the PDA at 17 means we have to balance gaining the valuable experience in Joondalup with other aspects of driving such as freeway, peak hour, country roads, driving with distractions and emphasising the dangers posed by mixing social media and driving. (Previously this latter experience was picked up over a six month period during the 25 hours of post-PDA Log Book driving).

It’s all about equipping you with the broadest possible range of driving experiences before you venture out on your own on P plates straight after passing the PDA.  It’s an established fact that the first six months on your ‘P’s will be the most dangerous time you will ever spend on the road!

You can call or text us on 0401 379 222 to discuss a cost-effective package to suit your budget, or you can simply pay-as-you-go.

Flexibility is the key as you’ve probably got lots of competing priorities to work around.  ILUKA Driving School provides lessons 5 days a week from 6:30am to 6pm, and on weekends by request. Night lessons are also available by request to allow learner drivers to fulfil their log book night driving requirement and to gain valuable driving experience.

Anyone who gets their learner’s permit when they turn 16 could be on L plates for 12 months before sitting the PDA.  In many cases, it simply isn’t feasible to be paying for lessons for that period of time.  Our recommendation is that you start by getting a good grounding with lessons from an accredited instructor to instill good driving habits and to learn the basics on how to park, then go away and reinforce these learnings with your parents for several months.  If you then come back to us with a month or two to go before your PDA, we can ensure that you have retained and reinforced those good driving habits and skills, and do any required fine tuning.

We sometimes get learner drivers coming to us for their first paid lessons just a week or two before their PDA with bad traits that they have developed over several months, often seeking a fast-tracked course in parking.  It’s very hard to correct things in such a short time after bad habits have become embedded, so our advice is to get some proper lessons early and then get as much driving experience as you can to reinforce what you’ve learnt.

No, we don’t – but we are less than impressed with people who repeatedly cancel at short notice! We realise that situations arise from time to time that you can’t avoid.  We also know that some of you are working very hard after school or uni and on weekends to pay for your own lessons. But at the same time we are trying to run a business and having to turn away other customers because we are fully booked, only to have people cancel on us (sometimes just 10 minutes before a lesson) makes it difficult to provide the best possible service to all of our customers.

You’ll be happy to know that we don’t charge any fee for cancellations – we just hope that you don’t make a habit of it due to the inconvenience it can cause to us, or someone else who might have wanted the same lesson timeslot.

You don’t need to come up with some far-fetched excuse! Just send us a text with reasonable notice and we can simply cancel or reschedule.

You’ll be driving a 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Petrol/Electric automatic, with dual controls to help keep you safe and sound, a reversing camera for enhanced visibility and safer manoeuvring, air conditioning for your comfort, and a five star ANCAP safety rating.

This zippy little car is small enough to negotiate the tight streets and parking spaces around Joondalup’s CBD, but big enough for even the tallest teenager.  The quietness of the cabin when the car is running exclusively on the electric battery makes for an amazingly relaxing environment in which to learn to drive.

We cover all areas up and down the coast from Hillarys to Butler, to suburbs east of Wanneroo Road such as Tapping, Carramar, Banksia Grove, Sinagra and Wanneroo.

We’ve taught learner drivers from schools and universities all over the place including Ocean Reef, Belridge, Mindarie, Butler, Joseph Banks, Woodvale, Carine, Prendiville, St Mark’s, St Stephen’s, Sacred Heart, St Mary’s, LJBC, Kingsway, Iona, Irene McCormack, Peter Moyes, Mater Dei, Hale, WAIFS, ECU, Curtin, Murdoch and UWA.

See the map on our Contacts page for further details.  If you’re unsure, or live outside the area, please give us a call or text on 0401 379 222 or email:

We can pick up and drop off at home, school, work, uni, TAFE or Currambine and Joondalup Train Stations.

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