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Happy82

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6,333 posts

55 months

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My sister is moving to Australia next year (Perth) and I was wondering if she'd need to do another driving test or does she just swap her UK licence for an Australian one?

Cheers!

motomk

1,503 posts

130 months

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Neilsfirst

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43 months

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She will probably have to sit the written test only. I did when I was in Queensland, very straight forward. I also got a speeding fine within the 1st 12 hours in the country and had my Australian licence endorsed when I applied for it!

Happy82

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6,333 posts

55 months

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Thanks!

Bibbs

2,829 posts

96 months

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Monday 30th July 2012 quote quote all
Within 6 months, go to a Transport office with proof of address (credit card statement) and your UK docs.

Read off an eye chart.

Smile for a camera

Wait a week for them to post it to you.

If you want to keep the HGV type stuff on it, you need a re-test. If you are happy with Car/Bike then there is nothing to do.
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3,439 posts

67 months

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Bibbs said:
Within 6 months,
Careful, it's 3 months and if you end up outside of that, it's start from scratch I believe. Depends on visa category, but I guess that's all covered in the links posted above.

Bibbs

2,829 posts

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Google [bot] said:
Careful, it's 3 months and if you end up outside of that, it's start from scratch I believe. Depends on visa category, but I guess that's all covered in the links posted above.
Ahh, okay. I don't have a visa, so I don't know on that bit.

The wife is on a spouse visa and took 5 months to swap it with no issues.

(In Perth)

Edited by Bibbs on Monday 30th July 04:26

james280779

1,902 posts

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depends on state - I walked into MVR with wife and one hour later walked out with a new licence in my hand stating NT.

Only had to do an eye test- I stood back an extra 20 feet to make it challenging.

pikey

7,646 posts

170 months

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Thursday 30th August 2012 quote quote all
Just to add more confusion to this...

Walked into an RTA office and they told me I couldn't get an Aussie licence until I had been here for at least 6 months (but had to get one before 2 years is up). In the meantime they have a process which creates a 'customer account' for me after seeing my UK driving licence, passport and proof of address (all of which they examined very closely and copied). I need this customer number to register (own) a car - you can't register it without one.

Not sure how this relates to the rest of the information on this thread, but this is how Sydney do it in August 2012 !

XB70

1,874 posts

82 months

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said:
Just to add more confusion to this...

Walked into an RTA office and they told me I couldn't get an Aussie licence until I had been here for at least 6 months (but had to get one before 2 years is up). In the meantime they have a process which creates a 'customer account' for me after seeing my UK driving licence, passport and proof of address (all of which they examined very closely and copied). I need this customer number to register (own) a car - you can't register it without one.

Not sure how this relates to the rest of the information on this thread, but this is how Sydney do it in August 2012 !
Good to know.



Mattt

15,667 posts

104 months

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In QLD temporary residents (457) don't need to get an Aussie license. Permanent residents need to within 3 months.

That's what I've found out so far.

Bob the Planner

4,600 posts

155 months

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pike y said:
Just to add more confusion to this...

Walked into an RTA office and they told me I couldn't get an Aussie licence until I had been here for at least 6 months (but had to get one before 2 years is up). In the meantime they have a process which creates a 'customer account' for me after seeing my UK driving licence, passport and proof of address (all of which they examined very closely and copied). I need this customer number to register (own) a car - you can't register it without one.

Not sure how this relates to the rest of the information on this thread, but this is how Sydney do it in August 2012 !
Its not that simple - you have to be continuously in Australia for 6 months for an NSW licence - if you leave the clock starts again as I found out. My last time before I got a licence, I missed by 2 days - NO - it has to be 6 months in NSW before you get a licence - not sure what happens if you go interstate !

They where quite happy to give me a customer number so I register the Tuscan though smile [and deduct any points I got in the interim frown)

Wanchaiwarrior

259 posts

100 months

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Monday 10th September 2012 quote quote all
Mattt said:
In QLD temporary residents (457) don't need to get an Aussie license. Permanent residents need to within 3 months.

That's what I've found out so far.
Yup, thats what happened to me. 2006 I got here.
Police also gave me a tug because car came up as an unlicensed driver when they did a plate check.
And points that you dont get taken off your UK license are still in the background for when you swap to a QLD license.
I know b'cos I had 9 waiting patiently in the background, waiting to come active and finishing running their 3 year course

minimax

11,937 posts

142 months

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Bob the Planner said:
Its not that simple - you have to be continuously in Australia for 6 months for an NSW licence - if you leave the clock starts again as I found out. My last time before I got a licence, I missed by 2 days - NO - it has to be 6 months in NSW before you get a licence - not sure what happens if you go interstate !

They where quite happy to give me a customer number so I register the Tuscan though smile [and deduct any points I got in the interim frown)
Just applied for my WA driving licence, full procedure as follows: (may differ for other states)

Go to "Shire" (driving authority office) and produce UK passport, driving licence, an Australian bank card (must be an EFTPOS one not a savings one) a letter from an institution proving your australian address (I took a bank letter) and another form of photo ID. I didn't have one, so I signed for and paid $25 for a "prove your age" alcohol card.

Having sorted the prove your age card instantly and then submitted said card you choose 1 year ($37) or 5 years ($120) and get a photo snapped at the counter

8 working days later you will have your licence.

The licences are renewable ad infinitum whether you choose 1 year or 5 years

There was no time limit save the usual 12 month limit on driving abroad on a UK licence

There is no element of any test, eyes or otherwise

Your car and motorbike accreditations are duplicated, if you are old enough to have de facto lorry licences (I am) or have any other hgv or whatever they will not be transferred and you will have to sit new driver tests for all of these.

It's purely a paper exercise and it takes around 20 minutes nose to tail.

Hope this helps smile

WeirdNeville

5,887 posts

101 months

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Cheers Minimax, We're due in Perth in about a month and the above is very useful!

So: Arrive.
Get hire car on UK licence (company willing to provide for 4 weeks)
Swap to Aus Licence and get customer number.
Buy car and register it?

Buying a car looks expensive and complex out there. Expect a 'Waaaaah!' Thread soon.

minimax

11,937 posts

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WeirdNeville said:
Cheers Minimax, We're due in Perth in about a month and the above is very useful!

So: Arrive.
Get hire car on UK licence (company willing to provide for 4 weeks)
Swap to Aus Licence and get customer number.
Buy car and register it?

Buying a car looks expensive and complex out there. Expect a 'Waaaaah!' Thread soon.
Yes that's about right smile get your aus address and bank sorted so you have your official letter to prove your address, and apply at a local "shire" office and that's it biggrin

pm me if you like fellow, I arrived 2.5 months ago and have waded through all the omfg HOW MUCH stuff and the admin stuff wink

Get your aus bank account before you leave the UK, I used westpac, you apply online and they mail you your account details etc, then a chap calls you a week or so later to give you your telephone banking pin and your customer number, then all you have to do is turn up at a branch of your choice within 3 weeks of arrival and produce your passport for all your paraphernalia to arrive at your aus address ready to go (bank cards, PINs etc). If you leave it longer than 3 weeks after arrival you will have a nightmare getting the account started!

Cars are utterly insanely priced here, unless you want a ford or a Holden smile


200bhp

5,134 posts

105 months

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Thursday 29th November 2012 quote quote all
Just thought I'd update the thread having been to the WA Transport office yesterday to get my licence sorted.

The whole process took about 30 minutes and goes a little something like this....

1) Turn up and get a form from the lady at reception.
2) Fill in the form including details of your current (UK) licence and tick the box for the type of WA licence you want (car, motorbike etc.)
3) Sit and wait 15 minutes watching the steady stream of people coming and going from driving tests and theory tests.
4) Get called to the counter where you present your forms and appropriate identification. The full ID list is on the department for transport website but I took; UK Licence (only the photocard was needed), Medicare card, Visa grant notice (they checked with Immigration anyway), Oz bank card, UK Passport, Proof of address (bank statement).
5) Do an eye test
6) Pay the money
7) Walk out with a temporary licence number and instructions to get in touch if the card hasnt arrived in the post within a month.

andyjo1982

4,471 posts

96 months

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Thursday 29th November 2012 quote quote all
Am I correct in thinking I don't need to change my UK licence if I'm coming over on a 1 year working visa? I doubt I'll be driving at all for probably the first 3 or 4 months at least.

Cheers

200bhp

5,134 posts

105 months

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Thursday 29th November 2012 quote quote all
You only need to change to an Aussie licence if you have a permanent visa.

Mattt

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Yep, I'm on a 4 year 457 visa and I don't need to get one.
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