International Motoring

The following information is provided for overseas tourists, to assist them in their understanding of the different road rules and regulations that apply in each Australian State and Territory, and to provide guidance to Australians travelling overseas.

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An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries and is helpful for tourists who find themselves in need of identification or assistance. To determine whether you require an IDP, consult the AAA Motorist Handbook


In order to renew your IDP while you are overseas, you can apply for an IDP by downloading an application form through the constituent motoring clubs websites.  Please note that the club may ask you to provide proof of travel and/or return dates to Australia, as an IDP is designed for touring purposes and anyone residing in another country for a lengthy period should apply for a licence in that country.  Contact the Motoring Club in your State or Territory.

driving in australia

Overseas tourists who intend to drive in Australia should take the time to get know Australia's road rules. Although there are eight states and territories in Australia, road rules are largely consistent.

bringING your car to australia

For information on temporarily bringing your car, motorcycle or other vehicle to Australia, please click here.

Taking your car overseas

The document used to identify your vehicle is called a Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD) and allows visitors to temporarily import their vehicles for a limited period of time.


The Camping Card International (CCI) is a useful and widely recognised document throughout Europe at camping and caravanning sites.  In some Europe campsites, it is a requirement to have a CCI card for Liability Insurance.  A CCI card is a discount card at more than 2,500 campsites throughout Europe.  This discount can be as much as 25% in both high season and low season. For more information and application on Camping Card International, contact the Motoring Club in your State/Territory.