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While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk.

Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities.

The standards are approved by Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers.

The 2016 edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive is effective from 1 October 2016. 

This website provides information for health professionals, employers, heavy vehicle drivers, commercial drivers and private vehicle drivers.

Corrigendum 1

On 1 August 2017 the PDF version of Assessing Fitness to Drive was reissued with corrections relating to:

  1. repaired abdominal and thoracic aneurysms; and
  2. use of visual aids, specifically telescopic lenses (bioptic lenses) and electronic aids.

The contact details for the Driver Licensing authorities listed in Appendix 9 were also updated.

Hard copy orders will have the Corrigendum inserted as a separate sheet.


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AP G56 17 400px Download a PDF or purchase a hardcopy of Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016 (as amended up to August 2017)
Asessing Fitness to Drive 2016 Corrigendum 1 Download a PDF of Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016: Corrigendum 1
AFTD Summary cover Read a summary of the changes to the 2016 edition | 1 MB PDF
AFTD2016 Info Kit

Download the 2016 Assessing Fitness to Drive Information Kit| 375KB PDF

This kit contains:

  • a general media release
  • frequently asked questions
  • a summary of the key changes resulting from the review
  • Driver Licensing Authority contacts.


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