Apply to receive $5000 to replace your old car

If you’re regionally based and aged 18-25, you may be eligible for a $5,000 subsidy to upgrade your car by participating in the Victorian Government’s unsafe2safe trial.

This trial is helping up to 1000 young regional Victorians replace older vehicles with newer, safer models.

The safety of your car can make a real difference in the event of a crash and may even help you avoid one altogether. Sadly, we know that younger drivers are over-represented in road trauma, and with many young Victorians experiencing cost of living challenges, the Victorian government has created a program to help you get behind a safer wheel before hitting the road.

Eligible replacement vehicles can be purchased with the subsidy, but the new car will have to meet a few conditions, including:

  • be aged ten years or less,
  • have a good safety rating and
  • have a purchase price of no more than $50,000.

Participants are responsible for covering the difference between the $5,000 and the price of the replacement vehicle.

To be eligible to apply for the subsidy you must:

  • be 18-25 years old,
  • reside in regional Victoria,
  • hold a Victorian driver’s licence and
  • be the registered owner of a vehicle that is 16 years older with a low safety rating.

Expressions of interest open now until 3 September.

How do I know if my car is eligible?

To be eligible to participate, your current vehicle must:

  • be aged 16 years or older and
  • have a Used Car Safety Rating of 1 or 2 stars or be unrated.

Find out more

Check the safety rating of your vehicle by visiting howsafeisyourcar. You will need this information to apply.

If you’d like to find out more about this initiative, and to apply for the subsidy, visit EngageVic.