Our Story

Driver Training since 1997

Liz Lafferty : Principle, instructor.

Liz our senior instructor, has always loved driving, so after obtaining her Certificate 4 in Driving Instruction, and undergoing a comprehensive training course with Jeff McDougall from Sydney’s largest driving school – Trent Driving School (Upper North Shore) Sydney in 1997, she found she loved teaching people the skills to become happier and safer when driving. She enjoyed 2 years with Trent, then she decided to branch out on her own, with Liz’s Driving School in 1999. Enjoying the challenge of teaching drivers aged from 16 to 89 on the busy Sydney roadways.

Liz has a 1st Dan black belt, and is currently studying to become a Sensei (teacher) at Kansai Karate Gold Coast.

Gold Coast local

Since moving to the Gold Coast in 2006, Liz has taken delight in teaching all types of students how to be a safe driver for life, in a fun learning environment, while enjoying the scenery of the beautiful Gold Coast.

Helensvale locals

After a change of name in 2016, to reflect our pride in a local business providing quality service, Helensvale Driver Training is the premier driving school for the highest level of quality driving tuition in the Helensvale district and surrounds.

Amber Cornthwaite : instructor

Amber has been a professional driver trainer since 2016 and holds driver trainer accreditation in both Queensland and New South Wales, including Keys2drive accreditation. Amber ran her own successful driving school, Proactive Driver Training in Ballina prior to moving to the Gold Coast in 2018.

Amber grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and lost a dear friend in a road fatality at age 17. This life changing experience gave Amber the drive and passion needed to pursue careers to make a difference to the lives of others.

Amber served 8 years in the NSW Police Force in Sydney District serving in both Kings Cross and City Central Commands. She spent over half of her service in the Crash Investigation Unit.

Amber then served 12 years as a NSW Paramedic, being stationed in Sydney, rural NSW and the Far North Coast.

Amber has a true passion for road safety and after 20 years exposure to road trauma, recognises the need for intensive driver education. Amber empowers learner drivers with the knowledge, confidence, exposure, experience and ability required to be safe drivers, for life.

Amber has a thorough understanding of Road Rules, Road Safety, vehicle dynamics, defensive driving techniques and safer vehicle choices to ensure your learner is safe in all conditions.

Our support team

Liz’s husband John is our Admin and IT specialist, and their daughter Kate (6yo), is the best helper for car washing!

We are a family business, who care for every student, and want to help all of our students become safe drivers for life.

Our Approach

Our approach at Helensvale Driver Training, is to produce smooth, safe, confident drivers, with the skills to be able handle any situation on the roads.

We have a Learn to Drive programme that is tailored to each students individual needs. Our curriculum is comprehensive, and guaranteed to set the student up for healthy driving practices – for life!

Too many people approach driver training with the primary aim of passing the driving test. The statistics on new drivers show, that passing the test is not a measure of how safe a new driver will be on the road by themselves.

Helensvale Driver Training will ensure you are safe to drive confidently, on your own.

With 21 years of quality driver training, we are here to help you every step of the learning process.

We are passionate about driver education. We strive to provide the best possible training, to ensure that you are confident behind the wheel.