Do you need to apply for a work licence?


In Queensland, if you are charged with a drink or drug driving offence, have breached a Good Behaviour Licence (GBL) or been fined for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 kph, your driver’s licence will be either disqualified or suspended for a period of time. However, you may be eligible to apply for what is commonly referred to as a “work licence.”

To be eligible to apply for a “work licence” you must:

(a) be the holder of a valid open Queensland licence;

(b) not have had your licence disqualified, suspended or cancelled in the last five years;

(c) not have been convicted by a Court of dangerous driving in the last five years;

(d) not have been convicted anywhere of drink driving in the last five years; and

(e) in respect of a drink driving offence –

  1. have had a blood alcohol concentration level of less than 0.15% when you were apprehended for the offence; and

  2. not have been driving as part of your work when you were apprehended for the offence.

In the event you meet all of the above criteria, you must then make an application to the Court. In the case of a drink driving offence the application must be made at the time you are convicted and prior to the Court ordering that you be disqualified from driving. If you have breached a GBL or been convicted of a high range speeding offence, the application must be made within 21 days from the start of your suspension date.

To succeed with your application, you must show the Court that you are a “fit and proper person” to be granted a work licence and if you don’t have a work licence, your employment will be terminated and you and your family will suffer extreme financial hardship.

It is necessary to provide affidavit evidence to the Court which contains all necessary information to satisfy the Magistrate that a work licence should be issued to you. If you are not self employed, you will also require an affidavit from your employer detailing why you need your licence for your work and expressly stating that if you are not issued with a work licence then your employment will be terminated.

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