7. Apply for a Driver's Licence
If you want to drive in Australia, you will need to have the appropriate driver's licence. In Australia, drivers' licences are issued by state and territory governments. You may be required to pass a knowledge test, a practical driving test, and an eyesight test.
The table below provides contact details for each state and territory licensing
|New South Wales (NSW)||See: Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA)|
|Victoria (VIC)||See: Vic roads|
|Queensland (QLD)||See: Licensing & registration|
|South Australia (SA)||See: Welcome to Transport SA|
|Western Australia (WA)||See: Licensing services|
|Tasmania (TAS)||See: Transport - TAS|
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)||See: Road transport information management|
|Northern Territory (NT)||See: Driver licensing|
Please note: If you are a permanent resident visa holder and have a current driver's licence from another country, in English or with an official translation, in most states and territories you are allowed to drive for your first three months after arrival.
In Tasmania, the three month period begins from when you are granted your permanent residency visa, not from when you arrive in Australia. If you were granted a permanent visa 3 months or more before your arrival in Australia you will have to apply for an Australian licence before you can drive in that state.