Permanent and temporary residents can, within the first three months of their arrival, drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver’s licence for the same class of vehicle. Licences and a valid passport must be carried when driving.
An international driver’s permit is not sufficient by itself and must be accompanied by a valid driver’s permit.
Visit the Department of Transport website to find out about driving on your overseas licence in Western Australia. Different rules apply to visitors and permanent residents from overseas.
Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road.
The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60 km per hour (35 mph) and on country roads and highways, 100 km per hour (62 mph) and 110 km per hour
(68 mph), unless signs indicate otherwise. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit for built-up areas. School zones are signposted with 40 km hour speed limits during drop-off and pick-up times.
Strict drink driving laws apply and seatbelts must be worn by drivers and passengers at all times.
The Drive Safe handbook produced by the Department of Transport is a guide to safe driving practices and Western Australian road rules. Visit the
Department of Transport website for a copy.
Breakdowns and accidents
If you are involved in or witness a traffic accident and there is danger, serious injuries or life-threatening concerns, telephone 000.
If you are the driver of a vehicle involved in a traffic accident, you must stop immediately and give your name and address to police (unless you have a disability).
Visit the Western Australia Police website to find out more about how to report a traffic crash.
If your vehicle breaks down, you can either call a tow truck service or register for roadside assistance membership. If you are not a roadside assistance member, you can join on the first callout at a slightly increased rate.
Do an online search to find a provider that best meets your motoring needs.
Leaded and unleaded petrol is sold by the litre. For current prices, visit the FuelWatch website.
Petrol prices are often higher in country areas. Petrol stations are plentiful, but their trading hours vary. Most accept international credit cards.