The Forrest Review: driver licensing and barriers to indigenous economic participation

The Forrest Review recommends that all Australian State and Territory Governments “introduce a consistent approach to issuing ‘provisional’ locked licences for people who are unable to drive due to unpaid fines or other traffic infringements, so that they can get and keep a job by being able to drive.” The objective of this measure would be to address barriers to employment experienced by Indigenous people whose driver licences are subject to suspension, cancellation, or other sanction. This report finds that the following measures are already in place at State and Territory level allow people whose licences are subject to suspension to keep their licences, either for employment or any other purpose: 1. the ‘Period of Good Behaviour’ option (under which a driver who has lost all of their demerit points can continue to drive, subject to good behaviour conditions); 2. the ‘Time to Pay’ option (under which a driver can continue to drive while outstanding fines are repaid by instalments). The report finds that there may be scope for State and Territory Governments to raise awareness and improve access for Indigenous people to these options. It also finds that States and Territories should work together to develop national policy principles for Indigenous driver licence service delivery and seek authority for these national policy principles from the Transport and Infrastructure Council. While terminology varies, some State and Territory courts can order the provision of a ‘locked’ licence (that is, a conditional licence issued to a driver for whom a court-ordered suspension or disqualification would cause hardship, such as loss of employment). This report documents the locked licence arrangements in place in each State and Territory. However, because a national approach to these measures would involve action beyond transport policy responsibilities, no findings or recommendations on locked licences are made.

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  • Pagination: 29p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01628950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781925451566
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AP-R537-17
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 16 2017 10:47AM