Driving in Australia

Driving in Australia

The holder of a New Zealand driver's licence will generally be allowed to drive in Australia without having to obtain an International driver's licence. However as each state in Australia have slightly different rules towards international drivers and slightly different road rules, it is very important to check with the licencing agency in the particular state that you are planning on visiting. See the list below:

New South Wales (www.rta.nsw.gov.au)

If you are a driver or motorcyclist who has moved to NSW - from another Australian State or Territory, or if you have migrated from another country - you will need to make arrangements to get a NSW driver or rider licence.

You can use your existing licence for up to three months, after which you must have a NSW licence in order to drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle.

If you are a licence holder from New Zealand (regardless if you are a permanent or temporary resident), you must obtain a NSW driver licence within three months of residing in NSW or you must stop driving.

For more information on a NSW drivers licence and how to apply visit: international drivers or international riders.

Victoria (www.vicroads.vic.gov.au)

If you are a driver or motorcyclist who has moved to Victoria from another Australian State or Territory, or from another country you will need to make arrangements with VicRoads to get a Victorian licence.

For up to three months after arriving, you can drive in Victoria if you have a current interstate or New Zealand (NZ) licence/learner permit, even if you are under 18 years of age. After three months you must change your licence to a Victorian driver licence.

If your time in Victoria is interrupted whereby you return interstate or to NZ and take up residency for a period of time, the three month period begins afresh from the date you take up residency again in Victoria.

You must be 18 years of age to apply for a licence in Victoria. No age exemptions apply.

If your interstate or New Zealand learner permit or licence is (suspended, disqualified or cancelled) as a result of a driving offence, demerit points, medical reasons or due to unpaid fines, you will not be able to obtain a Victorian equivalent, until your ban is over.

For more information on a Victoria drivers licence and how to apply visit: international drivers.

Queensland (www.transport.qld.gov.au)

When driving on a road in Queensland under your valid foreign driver licence you must:

  • only drive the class of motor vehicle authorised on that licence
  • comply with the conditions (if any) of your licence
  • show your licence to a police officer when asked to do so.

If your licence is in a language other than English you should carry a recognised English translation of the licence.

You must not drive in Queensland on your foreign driver licence if:

  • you have been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver licence by an order of an Australian court
  • your authority to drive on the licence has been suspended or withdrawn.

To apply for a Queensland driver licence for the same class as your foreign driver licence, you will need to:

  • complete the Driver Licence Application/Renewal form (F3000)
  • show your foreign driver licence and a recognised English translation (if required)
  • show your supporting evidence of identity including Queensland residency documents
  • declare that you are medically fit to drive the class of motor vehicle
    Note: If you have a medical condition that is likely to adversely affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you are required to show a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are medically fit to drive or ride safely.
  • pay the licence fee.

You may also be required to:

  • pass an eyesight test
  • pay the road rules test fee and pass the test
  • pay the practical driving test fee and pass the test.

For more information visit the Getting a Queensland licence (for overseas licence holders) page.

South Australia (www.transport.sa.gov.au)

If you are visiting from overseas, or you've recently moved here permanently, make sure that you are driving legally and safely.

If you are issued a permanent visa and become a resident of South Australia, you must obtain a South Australian drivers licence within three months and you may be required to surrender your overseas driver's licence. Once you are issued with a South Australian learner's permit or driver's licence, your overseas licence is invalid.

Applying for a South Australian driver's licence

You may be eligible for the equivalent class of licenceas your foreign licence. Minimum age requirements apply.

Go to any Service SA customer service centre and present the following documents:

  • your current driver's licence - if this is not written in English you must bring an approved English translation or your international driving permit
  • evidence of identity - proof of your identity, signature, age and address
  • payment for your written test, if required
  • your medical certificate, if required
  • concession card, if entitled.

Western Australia (www.dpi.wa.gov.au)

If you are just visiting Western Australia (WA) you can drive on your current overseas licence. However, if your licence expires whilst you are here or if you plan to live in WA, you will need to apply for a WA driver's licence. To find out more go to Transfer your overseas licence.

To apply for a Western Australian driver's licence you will need to personally attend a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent.

Please ensure you take the following documentation with you:

  • current overseas drivers licence;
  • proof of identity - examples of accepted documents are provided in the "Proof of identity requirements for your initial (WA) Drivers Licence" document found below;
  • proof of your WA residential address;
  • one document that shows your signature; and
  • the application fee (refer to schedule of fees below).

Tasmania (www.transport.tas.gov.au)

If you are a new permanent resident of Tasmania (fixed address) from another Australian State or Territory, or from another country you will need to make arrangements with DIER to get a Tasmanian licence.

If you hold a New Zealand driver licence you can transfer to a Tasmanian driver licence without having to sit a written or practical driving assessment.

You must produce a current New Zealand drivers licence (which doesn't need to be surrendered only sighted) and pay the driver licence fee.

You need to provide the following in person at Service Tasmania shops or designated police stations:

  • your existing Australian licence (or New Zealand) and evidence of current residential address
  • OR
  • Full Evidence of Identity
  • completed application form (Service Tasmania will provide this)
  • provide a medical certificate if applicable
  • pay a fee (if applicable)
  • have your photograph taken and provide your signature.

Northern Territory (http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/)

You must change over your driver licence and vehicle registration within three (3) months of residing in the Northern Territory.

To Transfer your overseas licence you will need to :

  • provide a valid and current overseas driver licence
  • provide an international driving permit (issued in country of origin) or;
    • an official translation of the overseas licence into English by an Authorised Translator; or
    • an original letter from the licensing authority in the country of origin or the relevant consul or diplomatic corps confirming the licence details and status; or
    • an original letter from the licensing authority in the country of origin or the relevant consul or diplomatic corps confirming the licence details and status.
  • pass an eyesight test
  • provide completed form L1- Application for a Northern Territory Driver/Rider Licence.
  • provide Evidence of Identity and Residency.

If you are not from a recognised country you will also need to pass a theory and practical (driving test).

Other conditions may apply, for further Information refer to Information Bulletins:

ACT (www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au)

An Interstate / New Zealand public vehicle licence can be mutually recognised in the ACT under the Mutual Recognition (Australian Capital Territory) Act 1992 and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

The mutual recognition legislation allows a person to transfer their interstate / New Zealand public vehicle licence to the ACT without completing certain requirements for an ACT Public Vehicle Driver Licence.

A person who applies for an ACT Public Vehicle Licence under mutual recognition must meet the eligibility requirements and provide certain documents in support of their application.

Applications for mutual recognition of an interstate / New Zealand public vehicle licence must be made in person at a Canberra Connect Shopfront.

An applicant for mutual recognition of a public vehicle licence must present the following documents on application to transfer an interstate / New Zealand public vehicle licence to the ACT:

  • Completed Application Form.
  • Evidence of resident status.
  • A statement of licence details showing the issue date of the interstate / New Zealand licence.
  • A current interstate / New Zealand public vehicle driver licence or public vehicle authority card.
  • A current interstate / New Zealand driver licence.

For more information on a ACT drivers licence and how to apply visit: international drivers.

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