Regulations may be different between states and can be subject to change. Care should be exercised to ensure that the company is applying the current legislation.
When new, temporary or transferred employees with interstate or overseas licences join the company a check must be made as to the validity of the licence in the state in which the person is stationed. Results of such checks will be retained in the employees personnel file.
For instance, in Victoria if the person holds a permanent visa, they can drive for three months from the time they enter Victoria. If they obtain a permanent visa after arrival in Australia they can drive for three months from the date the visa was issued. They then must apply for a Victorian licence.
Applicants must be 18 years of age to get a Victorian licence however a person does not have to be 18 years of age to drive in Victoria if they hold a current overseas licence and are in Victoria on a temporary basis.
Holders of a non-permanent visa can drive indefinitely in Victoria with an overseas licence. However, the licence must be in English or accompanied by an official translation. An official translation can be obtained from the country of origin licensing authority, the consulate in Australia, from the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) or an International Driving Permit may be used instead.
Interstate and New Zealand licence holders may drive for the first three months from arrival with an interstate or New Zealand licence and must comply with any licence conditions as well as all Victorian road rules.
Should the licence have conditions, but not show what they are, the licence holder must carry an explanation of the conditions from the issuing driver licensing authority. To continue to drive after three months a Victorian licence must be obtained.