If you are a temporary overseas visiting driver and you hold a current overseas driver licence you do not have to get an Australian state driver's licence. You can drive on your current overseas licence as long as:
  • You remain a visitor.
  • Your overseas licence remains current.
  • You have not been disqualified from driving.
  • You have not had your licence suspended or cancelled or your visiting driver privileges withdrawn.

Temporary overseas visiting drivers include:

  • Tourists.
  • Business people on limited-duration visits.
  • People studying or working temporarily (eg working visa holders).
Your licence must be written in English or, if the licence is not in English, you must also carry an English translation or an International Driving Permit (IDP) with your licence when driving.  It does not have to be a photo ID licence.

 

You must carry your current overseas licence, IDP or translation with youwhile driving.

Some car rental companies require you to have a photo ID licence.  If your foreign licence does not have a photo ID, you should get an IDP before travelling to Australia if you intend to rent a car.

All states require Australians from other states to get a new state licence after three month's residence (with some specific exceptions).  Some states also require New Zealanders to get a state drivers licence after they have been in Australia for three months.

 

Specific State Requirements

Apart from these general common requirements, each state has its own specific requirements which you should read especially if you intend to reside in a particular state for more than three months.

New South Wales requirements are here.

Tasmanian requirements are here.