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National road rules and exchange of driver information

Information about the national road rules adopted by each state and territory in Australia.

National road rules were adopted by each state and territory in Australia in 1999. The rules were developed by the National Road Transport Commission in consultation with all Australian governments.

The aim was to implement a consistent system of road rules throughout Australia. Each government retains the power to add or vary these rules to suit their unique requirements.

The demerit points listed in these national rules are the 'core' offences that attract demerit points. In addition to these core demerit point offences, every state and territory may add to this list by creating its own list of demeritable offences.

Drivers will not lose demerit points for interstate offences that attract demerit points unless demerit points would have been added if the offence had occurred in Victoria.

National exchange of vehicle and driver information system

National exchange of vehicle and driver information system (NEVDIS) is the national database for storage and management of information between states and territories about drivers and registered vehicles throughout Australia.

The database that was formed as part of the move towards a national system of road management.

The system allows information about a driver or vehicle licensed or registered anywhere in Australia to be passed rapidly between states.

Information held by NEVDIS is managed by each jurisdiction (for example VicRoads in Victoria) who:

  • send requests about drivers
  • advise of updates to a driver's status, for example, if a driver gets demerit points or is disqualified from driving.

This access method allows information to be made available immediately. For example, once a jurisdiction is advised of a vehicle being stolen, that information can be made available throughout Australia within ten minutes.

More information

Legislation

Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019 (Vic)

  • r. 5—defines the demerits register
  • r. 72—defines a relevant offence as one that is listed in Schedule 3 (link below)
  • r. 73—when VicRoads must record demerit points in the register
  • r. 74—points to be recorded for relevant interstate offences
  • r. 75—points to be recorded in relation to the day that the offence was committed
  • r. 76—VicRoads may send details of any offence listed in schedule 3 to the equivalent roads coporation of another jurisdication

See Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019 (Vic).

For the list of offences that attract demerit points in Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019—Schedule 3—Demerit Points see What are demerit points?

National Transport Commission

The National Transport Commission has information about demerit points and mutual recognition by states and territories of driving offences that occur throughout Australia.

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Note: This document has acted as a guide for driver licensing authorities (such as VicRoads) to administer the national driver licensing policy that was approved by Australian Transport Council in 1997.

For more detailed information about the national approach to regulation of driver licensing see References.

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