Jeats has it right.
Really driver training here isnt too bad, but i'd still wouldnt mind it being compulsory to have to have 48 hours with a certified driving instructor, along with 4-6hrs required to drive at night.
even if it was reduced to 80 or 100 hours (as it was irc) thats plenty to get accustomed and acclimatized to the vehicle.
What is the main killer is the vehicle. Having been in a few cars with mates and the like i have a large dislike toward getting into a car without safety features.
I really dont think they let this dude out of canberra or the middle of sydney, because if he'd driven the length of the GWH, he'd rethink what a 'highway' is in Aus, there is probably better examples, but since its the main thoroughfare from sydney to everything west of the mountains and still has 40-60 zones and not a single normalized speed zone from penrith to lithgow, let alone the fact its two lanes for the majority across the top...
/rant man i hate that road
If anything, i think if you wanted to progress from the car you had to a larger 'restricted' car as such going from red to greens i believe that either ADT or Defensive Driver training should be under taken. Some of the places i have worked had to fight with the RTA inorder to get the restrictions on p-platers lifted due to the vehicles available at where i used to work, (including me)
If they made it an option that a red p-plater could fork out for the driver training along with the costs for the license they could upgrade or obtain a license for a higher powered vehicle, having said this, they would need to prove they could handle the vehicle and pass the courses,
i believe this would lead to safer practices once p-platers move off provisionals and onto full licenses, i've known of three mates that have gotten to full's bought the car they dreamed of and written it off, due mainly to coming unstuck in crazy situations, but considering the difference in cars they moved from/to it was no surprise (one mate went from a 1st gen celica to an XR8 falcon ute... ute is now in two separate pieces...)
i really do believe that for a p-plater there should be a subsidy to purchase a vehicle that meets safety requirements. I think this should be a prerogative, even if it means upping the price of acquiring a license.