Drink and drug driver education course

If you lose your licence because of drink or drug driving, you must complete the Back on Track approved drink and drug driver course before you can reapply for a Northern Territory (NT) driver licence.

The course is made up of four mandatory three-hour sessions. You must complete the full three hours of each session.

What units you need to study

The course units you will need to do will depend on:

  • the offence you were convicted of - drink or drug driving
  • the blood alcohol concentration you were convicted of - for drink driving offences
  • if it was your first offence

Convicted drug-driving offenders need to complete Unit 1 only.

This table tells you which course units you need to do.


Blood alcohol content (BAC)

First offence

Subsequent offences

Driving under the influence (DUI)

Any level

Unit 1

Units 1 and 2

Low range

0.05% to 0.08%



Medium range

0.08% to 0.15%

Unit  1

Units 1 and 2

High range

0.15% and above

Units 1 and 2

Units 1 and 2 - only where a second offence is committed within three years of a first offence for high-range drink-driving 

Refusing to give breath sample

Any level

Units 1 and 2

Units 1 and 2

Course conditions

Conditions that apply to participants during the course will be discussed with you at the time of booking. You will be asked to sign a contract to show that you understand and agree to attend with these conditions.

Breath testing

You will be breath tested each day of the course and must return a 0.0% reading. If you record any reading above 0.0% you will have to rebook another course.

After you have finished the course

After you have successfully completed the program you will need to take your certificate of completion to the MVR to regain your driver licence. Read how to renew your driver licence.

How to apply

To register in the Back on Track drink and drug driver course contact a course provider in your area from the list below.

You will need to pay to attend the course. The provider can tell you how much the course will cost and when payment needs to be made.

You should contact a provider as early as possible, as it can take several months to book a place.

Area Provider Phone Email
Darwin, Palmerston EASA (08) 8941 1752 easadarwin@easa.org.au
Darwin Region Rural
(Litchfield, Wagait, Coomalie and Belyuen Region)
Roper Gulf Region
Territory Trainers

0447 346 743

Katherine, Victoria Daly Region and Roper Gulf Region, West Arnhem and West Daly Regions EASA (08) 8941 1752 easadarwin@easa.org.au
Tiwi Islands, West Arnhem Region, East Arnhem Region, West Daly Region, Roper Gulf Region and Victoria Daly Region Territory Trainers 0447 346 743 info@territorytrainers.com.au
Alice Springs, Central Desert Region and MacDonnell Region Drug and Alcohol Services Association Inc. (DASA) (08) 8952 8412 admin@dasa.org.au
Tennant Creek and Barkly Region Charles Darwin University
Tennant Creek
(08) 8962 0700 or
0428 692 084
Alice Springs, Central Desert Region and MacDonnell Region Central Australian Driving School (08) 8955 0444
0429 937 179

If you don't speak English well

If English is not your list language advise the course provider who will discuss interpreter service options with you.


For more information contact a MVR office or email drivesafent.remote@nt.gov.au with your name, and phone number or email address.

Last updated: 28 November 2017