If you really want to drive in Australia, you must have an appropriate driver’s license. It is also one of the 7 significant things you should accomplish after your arrival in the country.
Driver’s licenses are issued by state and territory governments. You may be required to pass a knowledge test, an eyesight test and a practical driving test. If you are a permanent resident visa holder and have a current driver’s license 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 Western Australia, the three month period begins when you are granted your permanent residency visa, not when you arrive in Australia.
Breaking traffic laws can result in expensive fines, the loss of your driver’s license or can even lead to imprisonment. If you are a driver involved in a road accident you must report it to the police as soon as possible.
It is against the law to use a mobile phone and to drink alcohol or be intoxicated while driving. Police do random testing of drivers to check if they reach alcohol level limit.
The law advises that all passengers in your car must use seatbelt or a proper child restraint for 7 years and under such as infant capsule, rear facing/forward facing child restraint and booster seat. Young children are not permitted to sit in the front seat of a vehicle. Children up to four years of age must be restrained in the rear of the vehicle. Child restraints must comply with Australian standards, be correctly fitted to the vehicle and properly adjusted for the child.
Remember to always keep it with your driver’s license when you are driving and the vehicle you are driving must be registered with the Australian government.