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Thursday, 26 May 1983
Page: 1107

Question No. 96

Mr Ronald Edwards asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 5 May 1983:

1. Can he say whether problems are being experienced by members of the Defence Forces, when transferred interstate, as a result of differing motor drivers' licence requirements in each State.

2. If so, has any action been taken to examine the feasibility of uniform drivers' licences.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. Members of the Defence Forces and their immediate families experience very few problems with the minor differences in motor drivers' licence requirements in each State, when they are transferred interstate.

Each State and Territory, other than New South Wales, treats all Defence Forces personnel movements as being of a temporary nature and only requires a change of drivers' licence if the expiry date falls due during the temporary posting to that State or Territory.

New South Wales differs in that all postings are considered permanent except for Defence personnel attending courses of instruction and who will be returning to their home State, irrespective of the duration of the course. New South Wales requires Defence personnel transferred from interstate to immediately obtain a New South Wales licence unless they are on temporary posting.

2. A proposal for uniform driver licence classifications to apply throughout Australia is to be discussed by the Australian Transport Advisory Council (ATAC) when next it meets in July this year. Other aspects of uniform licensing arrangements are under consideration in ATAC's Technical Committees.