There are pros and cons to both methods of learning.If you learn in an automatic car you will probably find it easier and will require fewer lessons since you won’t have to learn to coordinate gear changes or use the clutch pedal. Getting your automatic licence first is a very good way to build up your confidence because you can then go out and get valuable experience driving alone on Melbourne’s hectic roads. However, once you get your probationary automatic licence you will be restricted afterwards to driving only automatic cars in Victoria and will have to take a follow up test at a later date if you decide you want to upgrade your skills to driving a car with manual gear changes. If you decide to go ahead and learn to drive in a car with manual gear changes you will be able to drive both manual and automatic cars afterwards in any state in Australia so you will have more flexibility if ever you have to hire a car, or drive someone else’s car, for example. Ultimately, it’s your personal decision and depends on your unique set of circumstances.