Stakeholder surveys

This page offers information to industry stakeholders about opportunities provided for feedback on changes to regulations and standards.

  Overseas driver reforms: summary of public consultation findings

The original CCC recommendations arising from their Report on Corruption in Respect of Truck Driving Licence Applications were:

  • A PDA failure automatically cancels a foreign or interstate licence.
  • A licence issued under a foreign law becomes invalid three months after the holder first arrives in Western Australia.

These were the recommendations given in the "Recognition of Overseas Driver's Licences: Consultation Paper", and were referred to as Recommendation 1 and Recommendation 2 respectively.

A total of 359 surveys were received and the findings are summarised below:

  • Recommendation 1 There was clear support for this recommendation, with 73% of respondents agreeing that it supports road safety.
  • Recommendation 2 The most supported period for permanent visa holders to drive on their overseas licence was three months.

Additionally, there was strong support for the three month period commencing from the date the permanent visa was granted, or arrival into WA, whichever is the latter.

For visitors to WA, 61% supported a period longer than 3 months. Twelve months was considered to be the best option when considering Visa and operational issues, as well as harmonisation with other Jurisdictions. There was also strong support for the agreed period to be a continuous period in WA.

As a result of the public feedback, and slight rewording of the original CCC recommendations during the consultation phase to make them more compliant with existing WA legislation, the recommendations arising from the original CCC investigation were altered to those given below. 

  • Recommendation 1 A PDA failure automatically ceases recognition of a foreign driver's licence.
  • Recommendation 2 A licence issued under a foreign law becomes invalid twelve months after the holder first arrives in Australia (applies to temporary visitor visa holders only).

The altered recommendations as worded above are the ones that will be progressed for legislative implementation. 

The other important outcome of the consultation process was that it captured the following four themes that respondents consistently deemed as important.

  • Road safety concerns.
  • The need for the collection of crash data and / or further evidence of road safety concerns regarding overseas drivers.
  • Consideration of periods that allow for a visitor to settle in WA, learn the road rules, and obtain a WA licence.
  • The potential for impacts on WA tourism.

  Have your say on the PDA (closed)

The Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) process is an integral part of obtaining a licence to drive in Western Australia. It demonstrates a driver's ability to safely drive and control a motor vehicle.

The Department of Transport is working on a Practical Driving Assessment Improvement project and ran a customer survey regarding Practical Driving Assessment availability and user experience of log books.

The survey closed on 16 April 2018.

  Major reform: Written-off Vehicle Register (WOVR) framework (closed)

The Department of Transport (DoT) is embarking on a major reform program to improve the Written-off Vehicle Register (WOVR) framework.

As the framework has remained fundamentally unchanged since 2004 - other than a minor alteration to the damage assessment criteria in 2012 - it has become outdated.

DoT has identified a number of areas of improvement within the current WOVR framework and sought the views of stakeholders via a survey regarding these improvements, which aim to strengthen contracts, legislation, policies, systems and business processes as part of its commitment to safe vehicles.

The survey closed on 15 March 2018.

  Frontal protection systems survey (closed)

The Department of Transport published a Circular to Industry regarding the design and safety requirements for bull bars in 1995. The document was developed in conjunction with the West Australian bull bar industry. Since then the document has been updated five times, most notably in 2005 when, following discussions between all jurisdictions, examples of non-compliant bull bars were added to provide some clarity.

The fundamental requirements have not changed, however the 'Proposed updates, Vehicle Frontal Protection Systems - Construction Guidelines' document has been developed to provide additional clarity to both industry and consumers. The survey questions focused primarily on these updates.

The survey closed on 10 November 2017.

  Tow truck regulations updates survey (closed)

This survey was anonymous and closed on 22 October 2017.


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