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Do Licence Disqualifications apply throughout Australia?

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In Australia, the rules governing driver licensing and disqualifications are not only regulated by individual states but also by national bodies like the National Transport Commission (NTC). The NTC, established to develop uniform regulations for road transport, plays a crucial role in ensuring consistency and coherence in traffic laws across the country.


Licence disqualifications across Australia

One of the critical aspects regulated by the NTC is licence disqualifications. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how licence disqualifications imposed in one state apply throughout Australia, with specific reference to the NTC's 2006 regulations.


The National Transport Commission (NTC) and Its Role

The National Transport Commission is a national agency tasked with developing and maintaining uniform regulations for the road, rail, and intermodal transport sectors. Established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the NTC plays a pivotal role in harmonising transport laws to promote efficiency, safety, and consistency in the transport sector.


Uniform Driver Licencing Laws

One of the significant achievements of the NTC is the establishment of uniform driver licencing laws across Australia. These laws form the foundation for licence disqualifications, ensuring that drivers who offend face appropriate consequences, regardless of which state or territory the offence occurs in.


NTC Regulations 2006: Road Transport Legislation—Driver Licensing

The NTC Regulations 2006 is a comprehensive document that outlines the standard procedures and requirements for driver licensing in Australia. This includes provisions related to licence disqualifications.


Licence Disqualifications: A National Approach

When a driver is disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence in one Australian state or territory, this disqualification is not confined solely to that jurisdiction. Instead, it extends across the entire country due to the uniform regulations set forth by the NTC.

This means that if a driver is disqualified in Queensland, for example, they are prohibited from holding a valid licence anywhere else in Australia for the duration specified in their disqualification.


Enforcement of Licence Disqualifications

The enforcement of licence disqualifications across Australia is a cooperative effort between states and territories. Through information sharing systems and databases, authorities in each jurisdiction have access to records of licence disqualifications imposed in other parts of the country.

This ensures that drivers cannot evade their disqualifications by obtaining a licence in a different state. Additionally, it enables law enforcement agencies to identify individuals who are driving while disqualified and take appropriate action.


So to be clear do licence disqualifications apply throughout Australia?



What happens if you are caught disqualified driving in another state?

If you are disqualified in one state and during that disqualification you are caught driving in another state you will be charged in state with disqualified driving.

For example, if you were disqualified in NSW from driving and then decide to move to Queensland and are found driving then you will be given a notice to appear in court for disqualified driving and subject to a minimum licence suspension of 2 years plus other penalties.



The states and territories of Australia have taken a national approach that allows people with valid licences issued in one state to drive throughout Australia.  It also means that disqualifications or licence suspensions imposed by one state also apply across Australia.



  • Licence disqualifications imposed in one Australian state apply throughout the country due to the uniform regulations set forth by the NTC.

  • If a driver is disqualified in one state, they are prohibited from holding a valid licence anywhere else in Australia for the duration specified in their disqualification.

  • Enforcement of licence disqualifications is a cooperative effort between states and territories, facilitated by information sharing systems and databases.

  • If you are found driving in Australia while disqualified in a state or territory you will face a charge of disqualified driving charge and be subject to serious penalties.


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Steven Brough

Steven Brough is the Founder of Clarity Law.  He is one of the most experienced traffic lawyers in Queensland having appeared in court many thousands of time throughout Queensland since 2010.  He has authored over 100 articles about every aspect of traffic law in Queensland.

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