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Driving in Australia

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New residents are permitted to drive on an overseas licence, for the first three months of arrival to Australia. However, after this period a test must be taken (usually oral) if you already hold an International licence.

Australians drive on the left hand side of the road and seatbelts are compulsory. Random police breath testing is common place on Australian roads, as the laws relating to drink driving are extremely strict in all Australian states and territories. Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited in Australia.

Speed limits vary from state to state, although generally built-up or suburban areas are 50km per hour or 60km (30-35 miles) per hour and 100km (62 miles) per hour on open roads and freeways.