3.9.3 Driving in Australia

  • If you are a permanent Australian visa holder and receive your visa before you entered Australia, you need to obtain an Australian driver’s licence within 6 months from the date you arrive in Australia.
  • If you are a permanent Australian visa holder and receive your visa while you are in Australia, you need to obtain an Australian driver’s licence within 6 months from the date your visa is issued.
  • If you are a temporary Australian visa holder (including 457 work visa), you can drive on your valid overseas license for 12 months after arriving in Australia.
  • New Zealand drivers who hold a current valid license are considered as interstate drivers.

Each Australian state and territory has their own driver’s licence and the requirements to change your licence to one in the state where you are living applies to Australians who move interstate as well. Please check with the relevant state’s road authorities as rules may differ from state to state.

An Australian driver’s licence provides one of the most commonly accepted forms of photo identification, which makes it really handy and useful to have and carry around.