Assessing Fitness to Drive

While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk. Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities.

The standards are approved by Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers.

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Cover of Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016 (as amended up to August 2017)
Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities.
Cover of Summary of changes to the 2016 edition
This report explains the changes made to the 2016 edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive. It is a summary of the report Review of Transport Medical Standards: Final Report for the Review of Assessing Fitness to Drive published in July 2016.
Cover of 2016 Assessing Fitness to Drive Information Kit
This kit contains: A general media release, frequently asked questions, a summary of the key changes resulting from the review, Driver Licensing Authority contacts.
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Assessing Fitness to Drive outlines the responsibilities of examining health professionals in relation to licensing.  

An overview of how the standards relate to private vehicle owners.

An overview of how the standards relate to commercial drivers.

An overview of how the standards relate to employers and heavy vehicle operators.

Assessing Fitness to Drive telephone and email contacts for each state and territory.

The updated driver medical standards contained in the latest edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive come into effect from 1 October 2016.