Prerequisites and progression
There are a couple of ways in which you can come to hold an open licence.
If you're over 25 when you pass the Q-SAFE Practical Driving Test, you will skip the red Ps and be issued a provisional P2 licence. You must hold this licence for 12 months before you are able to progress to an open licence (you won't have to take have to take the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)).
If you were under 25 when you got your red Ps, it gets more complicated. Although you will have to pass the HPT to progress, the type and conditions of your new licence will depend on your age when you got your red Ps:
- If you were under 23 when you got your provisional P1 licence (red Ps) you must pass the HPT and then hold your provisional P2 licence (green Ps) for at least 2 years to progress to an open licence.
- If you were 23 when you got your provisional P1 licence (red Ps) you must pass the HPT and then hold your provisional P2 licence (green Ps) for at least 1 year to progress to an open licence.
- If you were 24 when you got your provisional P1 licence (red Ps) you must hold your P1 licence for at least 1 year and pass the HPT to progress to an open licence (you get to skip the green Ps but still have to pass the HPT).
Despite the complex nature of this system, basically you've got to be on your provisional licence (whatever you get when you pass the practical driving test) for 12 months before attempting the HPT. If you pass, you will progress to either the provisional P2 or open licence depending on your age.
Periods in which your licence has been expired, suspended or you are disqualified do not count towards the stated time requirements.
You must also be at least 20, prove your identity, and pay the licence fee.
Your open licence is valid for up to 5 years depending on the time period you purchase. In addition to following the road rules like all road users should, there are specific rules associated with an open licence. Disobeying these additional rules could result in heavy fines or loss of licence.
|Blood Alcohol Concentration||0.05|
|Demerit points||12 points in a 3-year period|
|Plate display||Not required|
|Maximum speed limit||The limit as signed|
|Supervision||Allowed to supervise a learner of your licence class after holding the relevant licence for 12 months|
|Mobile phone||Holding the phone in your hand while driving is illegal|
|Licence class||Only applies to C class (car)|
For comprehensive information on the open licence and Hazard Perception Test, please refer to the Department of Transport and Main Roads website. The above information is a summary of this content and although current when published may now be outdated. To ensure you are accessing the most current and accurate information, use the Department of Transport and Main Roads website or visit your nearest Transport and Motoring Service Centre.