Registration and licensing

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Australia and New Zealand Vehicle Registration and Driver Licensing Overview 2017-18: A Transnational Survey of Laws, Procedures and Trends
  • Publication no: AP-R593-18
  • ISBN: 978-1-925671-91-9
  • Published: 7 December 2018

This overview includes: an outline of the road safety imperative in Australia and New Zealand; a description of the key practices associated with the vehicle and driver licence pathways in the eight Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand; and a focus on the major areas of difference in the jurisdictions, and areas of potential change.

It is the first edition of the Australia and New Zealand Vehicle Registration and Driver Licensing Overview 2017–18, developed by Austroads on behalf of all Australian and New Zealand registration and licensing authorities. It will be supplemented by the release of an online data and information resource covering driver licensing and vehicle registration practice and trends, which will be continuously updated by Austroads member organisations.

  • Summary
  • Glossary
  • 1. Road Safety
    • 1.1    Australia
    • 1.2    New Zealand
  • 2.      Registration and Licensing Authorities
    • 2.1    Service delivery and funding approaches
    • 2.2    Partners
  • 3.      Vehicle Registration
    • 3.1    Regulation, standards and manufacturing
    • 3.2    Registration
      • 3.2.1      Annual charge
      • 3.2.2      Periodic registration
      • 3.2.3      Motor vehicle register
      • 3.2.4      Concessions
      • 3.2.5      Registration certificates
      • 3.2.6      Registration plates
      • 3.2.7      Registration labels and future identifiers
      • 3.2.8      Future identifiers
      • 3.2.9      Personalised vehicle registration plates
      • 3.2.10    Taxation
    • 3.3    Insurance
    • 3.4    Data sharing, compliance and enforcement 
      • 3.4.1      Data sharing
      • 3.4.2      National Exchange of Vehicle & Driver Information System (NEVDIS)
      • 3.4.3      Enforcement
    • 3.5    Inspections
    • 3.6    Opportunities and challenges in registration
      • 3.6.1      Digitising registration transactions
      • 3.6.2      Vehicle identity
      • 3.6.3      Automated and electric vehicles
  • 4.      Driver Licensing
    • 4.1    National regulation and the Graduated Licensing Scheme
      • 4.1.1      The Graduated Licensing Scheme
    • 4.2    Minimum age, training and assessment 
      • 4.2.1      Driver licence testing
      • 4.2.2      Specialist driver licence testing
      • 4.2.3      Pre-learner and learner education and awareness programs
      • 4.2.4      Interpreter and Translation services
    • 4.3    Licence cards
      • 4.3.1      Cards and identity
      • 4.3.2      Identity crime
      • 4.3.3      Proof of age cards
      • 4.3.4      Delivery of licensing transactions
      • 4.3.5      Intra-jurisdictional and overseas driving licence recognition
    • 4.4    Offences and infringements
      • 4.4.1      Demerit points and other sanctions
      • 4.4.2      Alcohol interlocks
    • 4.5    Opportunities and challenges in driver licensing
  • 5.      Looking to the Future: Automated Vehicles