DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA

KEEP LEFT

Australians drive on the left side of two-way roads.  Ask passengers to remind you of this everytime you set off and when you are turning at an intersection.

LICENCE

It is compulsory to carry your licence when driving in Australia. If the licence is not written in English, an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an English translation must also be carried with your licence.

SEAT BELTS

Seat Belts It is compulsory for all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts (where fitted). Children under the age 7 must be in a child restraint appropriate for the child’s size and weight.

OBEY ROAD SIGNS

You should familiarise yourself with the road signs in Australia and make sure you obey them.

BLOOD ALCOHOL & DRUGS

It is an offence to drive or be in charge of a vehicle if you have a Blood Alcohol Concentration is 0.05% or more. If you hold a probationary or provisional driver’s licence, your blood alcohol level must be zero at all times. Driving after taking drugs that affect your ability to drive is illegal and penalties are severe.

LEFT HAND DRIVE VECHICLES

Light (not over 4.5 tonnes GVM) Left Hand Drive vehicles are not required to display a "Caution Left Hand Drive Vehicle" sign. Left hand drive vehicles over 4.5 tonnes are required to display a "Left Hand Drive" sign on the rear of the vehicle in words at least 75mm high in a colour that contrasts with the background to the words.

OVERSEAS REGISTRATION

Your Vehicle will NOT be permitted to enter Australia if its overseas registration has expired. Should the vehicles overseas registration expire while you are in Australia it is possible to obtain temporary registration from the State/Territory registering Authority.

INSURANCE

Comprehensive, accident, fire and theft insurance for overseas motor vehicles temporarily imported into Australia is generally not available.

COMPULSORY THIRD PARTY INSURANCE CTP (BODILY INJURY)

CTP is mandatory in all States/Territories and provides compensation for bodily injuries caused by vehicles.  It does not provide cover for any damage to the vehicle and therefore other forms of motor vehicle insurance should be also purchased from your insurance company.

MOBILE PHONES 

It is an offence for drivers to use mobile phones while the vehicle is moving and will attract a fine and in some States, demerit points.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

000 is the number for emergency services in Australia.  They can connect you to Police, Ambulance or the Fire Brigade.  You should only contact 000 in an emergency.

E-TAGS & TOLLS

Many motorways around major cities in Australia are toll roads, meaning you have to pay a toll to use them.  Some are also fully electronic, so you can’t pay the toll with cash at the tollbooth.  Instead, you need to pay the toll with an electronic tag or pass.  You can set-up a pass before you leave home or up to three days (3) after you use the road.  E-tags can often be used on motorways throughout Australia, but it is best to check with the local state roads and traffic authority to avoid fines.