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Driving, oh the freedom it gives you!  The gateway to adulthood and all the adventures your car can manage! But when you are living and working, or studying in a foreign country, with limited funds, whats the rules with your driving?

With so many places to explore in Australia, having a vehicle and licence are often top of the list for most visitors. If you have a valid licence from your home country, you may be able to use it for your first three months in Australia, and you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your home country before you leave.  Some countries have reciprocal agreements with Australia, so licences can be transferred directly without sitting any tests. These agreements vary depending on the state so make sure you check the requirements of the State you intend to settle in.

Queensland

The requirements for getting a Queensland driver licence can vary, depending on where your licence was issued and the licence class you want to apply for. Below is a brief overview on the rules:

If you are applying for a Queensland provisional or open car or motorcycle licence, you won’t have to pass a written road rules test or a practical driving test if you are 25 years of age or older and you hold, or have held within the last 5 years, a driver licence (other than a learner licence), that corresponds to a class C, RE or R licence granted from 1 of these countries.

Austria/Belgium/Bosnia And Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle Of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxemberg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA

If you are applying for a Queensland learner licence, you won’t have to pass a written road rules test if you are 25 years or older and you hold, or have held within the last 5 years, a learner licence that corresponds to a class C, RE or R licence granted from these countries:

Austria/Belgium/Bosnia And Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle Of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxemberg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA

New South Wales

In NSW, the rules state similar expectations, in that, you can use your overseas licence for the first three months, but after three months, you must apply for a NSW licence. Direct licence transfers are accepted for the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA

NSW also allow Drivers aged over 25 direct transfer if they have held their home countries drivers licence from:

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea (Republic of Korea), Taiwan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary

If under 25 from the countries listed directly above, you must do a practical test.

Victoria

Melbourne offer similar exemptions to NSW, the main difference is they allow international visitors to use their own licence to drive in VIC for the duration of their stay as a temporary resident. Once Permanent residence is achieved, the licence holder  can use their existing licence for up to 6 months (from PR grant, or arrival in Aus), and then must either transfer over if eligible , or take a test. If you hold a driver licence from one of the following countries it is a direct transfer:

Austria, Belgium, Canada, croatia, Finland, denmark, france, Germany, greece, guernsey, bosnia, herzegovina, ireland, UK, USA, isle of man, italy, japan, jersey, Malta, netherlands, luxembourg.

But if you are over 25 years old, VIC will accept driver experience for the following countries:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Taiwan

More info on other States is available via the links below:

SA=  http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/transport-travel-and-motoring/motoring/drivers-and-licences/transfer-your-overseas-licence

WA= http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/my-drivers-licence.asp

ACT= http://www.rego.act.gov.au/licence/overseas-and-interstate-licence-information/overseas-drivers

NT= http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/heavy-vehicles/driver-licencing

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