Given that the subject of driving licenses is discussed a lot here at home I’ve started looking into how it would work for me if I go to Australia. If I understand things correctly there might be some differences between different states but for Victoria the following applies.
Information from VicRoads homepage:
OVERSEAS DRIVERS – LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
The requirement to change your overseas driver licence to a Victorian driver licence depends on whether your stay in Victoria is temporary or permanent.
If you are in Victoria on a temporary visa, you can drive on your overseas driver licence for as long as it is current providing it is in English or accompanied by an English translation or International Driving Permit. There is no requirement to get a Victorian driver licence.
If you have entered Victoria on a permanent visa, you may drive on your overseas driver licence for:
- six months from the date you first entered Australia if the permanent visa was issued before you entered Australia; or,
- six months from the date when the permanent visa was issued to you if the permanent visa was issued to you whilst in Australia.
If you want to continue driving in Victoria after this time you must change your overseas licence to a Victorian driver licence.
APPLYING FOR A VICTORIAN DRIVING LICENSE
To obtain Victorian driver licence you need to make an appointment to undertake a road law knowledge test, hazard perception test (HPT), eyesight test and a drive test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. You must complete and pass the road law knowledge test and hazard perception test before you attempt the drive test.
EXEMPTIONS FROM LICENSE TEST
If you hold a driver licence from a recognised country(which Sweden is) you are not required to undertake any tests provided your overseas licence is current or not expired by more than five years. However, you still need to make an appointment to changeover your licence if you are from a recognised country.
Good news for me since I’ll be able to just convert my Swedish license to an Aussie one with an official English translation.Australia, driving license