Assessment Vehicles

You can learn and be assessed in your own vehicle, as long as it is registered and roadworthy, and the right type of vehicle for the licence class you're applying for.

Vehicles must also be loaded to at least 75% of the maximum mass allowable for the vehicle, except for buses. This means at least 75% of the:

  • Legal mass limit
  • The Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) for rigid vehicles, or
  • The Gross Combination Mass (GCM) for articulated or heavy trailer combinations

Whichever is the lowest.

Vehicles which cannot be used for testing

The following vehicles must not be used for a driving test:

  • Armoured security vehicles
  • Vehicles carrying dangerous goods
  • Federal Interstate registered vehicles
  • Vehicles carrying livestock
  • Vehicles carrying traders' plates
  • Vehicles that are not mechanically roadworthy
  • Any heavy vehicle fitted with a dual accelerator or a dual steering wheel
  • Buses carrying passengers

Vehicle Classes

   
Light Rigid
   
Medium Rigid
   
Heavy Rigid
   
Heavy Combination
   
Multi-Combination

 

Light Rigid vehicles include:

  • Small trucks with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) up to 8 tonnes. Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM
  • Buses that seat more than 12 adults including the driver and a GVM up to 8 tonnes

Find out more about Light Rigid Driver Licensing.

   
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Medium Rigid vehicles include:

  • Trucks and buses with a GVM more than 8 tonnes and 2 axles
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM

Find out more about Medium Rigid Driver Licensing.

   
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Heavy Rigid vehicles include:

  • Trucks and buses with a GVM more than 8 tonnes, and 3 or more axles
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM
  • Bendy buses. Even though these vehicles are articulated, they're treated as rigid vehicles.

Find out more about Heavy Rigid Driver Licensing.

   
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RMS Information:

 

Once you’ve studied for the test, you can take the free online practice DKT. It is designed to help you become familiar with the test, and decide if you’re ready to attempt the test for real.

Driving Instructor Information:

 

Find a driving instructor in your area. Your driving Instructor can assist you in determining your licence needs.

Additional Information:

 

This flowchart can be used as a guide for determining the process to upgrade a heavy vehicle licence.

 

 

 

Heavy Combination vehicles include:

  • Articulated vehicles with 3 or more axles
  • Heavy rigid vehicle trailer combinations including unladen dolly, with 3 or more axles
  • Any towed trailer with a GVM more than 9 tonnes

Find out more about Heavy Combination Licensing.

   
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Multi-Combination vehicles include:

  • B-doubles
  • Road trains
  • Prime mover, low loader dolly and low loader trailer combinations

Find out more about Multi-Combination Driver Licensing.

   
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Assessment Vehicles

This course leads to a Light Rigid licence which allows drivers to drive any truck or a bus, greater than 4.5 tonnes GVM, but not more than 8 tonnes GVM, plus a trailer of no more than 9 tonnes GVM; or a bus seating more than 12 adults.

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This course leads to a Medium Rigid licence which allows drivers to drive any 2 axle rigid vehicle, including a truck or bus and may tow a trailer of no more than 9 tonnes GVM (and within GCM limits). You can also drive a special purpose vehicle with a GVM of less than 15 tonnes.

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This course leads to a Heavy Rigid licence which allows drivers to drive any rigid vehicle with three or more axles, including a truck or a bus, greater than 8 tonnes GVM, plus a trailer of no more than 9 tonnes GVM. This licence class is also applicable to an articulated bus.

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Assessment Vehicles

This course is necessary to obtain a Heavy Combination Driver Licence. It includes systematically and efficiently controlling all vehicle functions, monitoring traffic and road conditions, managing vehicle condition and performance, and effectively managing hazardous situations.

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This course involves the skills and knowledge required to obtain a licence to drive a Multi-Combination vehicle. A multi-combination (MC) licence is required to drive any B-double or road train.

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Meet your Fatigue Management training requirements with our Fatigue management courses for drivers and managers. Our courses are carried out quickly and simply, making it easy to meet your responsibilities while keeping your business moving.

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