AUSTRALIAN FACTS AND FIGURES
Road Distances Between Australian Cities
Select an Australian state or territory below to see driving information for that area.
New South Wales
Queensland Victoria Tasmania
South Australia Western Australia
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Driving Speeds (approximate)
Driving a car in Australia requires you to have a valid driver's licence. In addition the vehicle you are driving must be registered with the
government. For information about licences and motor vehicle registration, see this
Everyone in your car must wear a seatbelt or a proper child restraint. Not doing so can result in an expensive fine and demerits against your driver's
Drink Driving (USA - DWI, driving while intoxicated)
Drink driving is taken very seriously and is a criminal offence in Australia. You will have a criminal conviction recorded if you're found guilty of
drink driving. If you cause an accident while drink driving and someone dies, you can also be charged with murder or manslaughter.
All drivers are subject to a random breath test with a breathalyser used to measure the amount of alcohol in your blood. The permitted alcohol level
in most states and territories is 0.05, which is 0.05 grams of alcohol in every 100ml of your blood. The permitted alcohol level in probationary,
provisional and learner drivers (P and L plates) are even less, from zero to 0.02.
Speed cameras are used in all Australian states and territories to measure how fast your vehicle is travelling. The fine notice for speeding violations
is usually sent by mail. The amount of the fine depends on how much above the speed limit you were driving. You will also have points deducted (called
demerits) for each violation. When your licence has no points left, it will be suspended or cancelled.