We understand some Australian states are under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, we request you to kindly check the respective state-wise websites to remain fully updated regarding the changes related to CPV drivers, driving instructions, CPV passengers & driving students.
The travel restrictions are easing as compared to last year and paving the way for the commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) industry. It was a mere fact that freight, transport, and logistics are among one of the worst affected sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report from Mr. Rod Barton (Founder of Transport Matters Party) to the Minister for Public Transport suggested a few alarming statistics. A gist of them are:
- Enormous shortage of drivers
- Owner-drivers are working 90-100 hours per week
- Lengthy driver accreditation applications
- Drivers with a medical condition are prone to wait longer for approval
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There must be so many unanswered questions that need attention, such as:
- Who needs driver accreditation?
- How long do National Police Checks take?
- How to apply for your DA application?
- How much does it cost to apply for Driver Accreditation?
- What are the state-wise requirements for DA?
Currently, the ACIC (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) is experiencing a huge influx of National Police History Check (NPHC) applications as Australian citizens plan to return to the workforce with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic receding.
Due to the demand and complexity associated with it, the ACIC is working with police agencies and accredited bodies to try and deliver 95 percent of police checks within 10 business days.
Who Needs Driver Accreditation?
Driver Accreditation is a must if you wish to drive a CPV (Commercial Passenger Vehicle). CPVs include taxis, rideshare vehicles, hire cars, buses, and limousines. Ridesharing is a term that refers to passenger transport services using a private vehicle.
Drivers from another state or territory holding a CPV licence may be eligible for driver accreditation under mutual agreement.
Requirements To Apply For Driver Accreditation:
The general prerequisite to applying for driver accreditation are as follows:
- Hold a current full Australian or New Zealand drivers licence
- Obtain a National Criminal History Check for Driver Accreditation
- Certificate of medical fitness
- Obtain a valid Working with Children Check (state-specific requirement)
Drivers need to Make sure that they do not start a new application under the following pretext:
- Have a current driver accreditation
- Have an expired driver accreditation
- If the application is already under process
- Want to change the type of services you offer
How to apply for your Driver Accreditation Application?
The general process for driver accreditation can be summed up in 5 simple steps. However, we would recommend you check the state-specific process to apply for DA.
Step 1: Sign up for the CPV Portal
Step 2: Upload your current valid driver licence & recent photograph or selfie
Step 3: Provide copies of your proof of identification documents
Step 4: Complete your medical self-declaration form
Step 5: Pay your application fee
For your reference, we have included a PDF copy of the medical form and driver accreditation form below for Victoria.
Driver Accreditation Medical Form
The exclusive list of documents includes but are not limited to:
Full Australian birth certificate (not a commemorative certificate or birth card)
- Current Australian valid passport
- a national police clearance certificate from an ACIC accredited body
- The copy of your driver licence
- a fully furnished ‘Commercial driver’s health assessment’
- a copy of your working with vulnerable people registration card
Change of Name or Name Differing On Documents
If there is a name change on various identity documents, you’ll need to provide one of the following documents:
- Marriage certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Australia
- Divorce papers referring to the name you changed to
- Deed poll
- Change of name certificate
How much does it cost to apply for Driver Accreditation?
By and large, you’ll need to pay the fees for “Commercial Passenger Vehicle Registration” as well as “Driver Accreditation”.
Kindly note that due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 the recurring fees are paused until further notice. To give you a brief idea, we have included the fee structure for the state of Victoria:
Commercial Passenger Vehicle Registration Fees:
Commercial passenger vehicle registration application
Commercial passenger vehicle annual fee
Driver Accreditation For Commercial Passenger Vehicles
Application for driver accreditation
Application for driver accreditation via mutual recognition
Driver accreditation annual fee*
What are the State-Wise Requirements for DA?
Let us now dive into to find out what are the state-specific DA requirements.
Driver Accreditation For Western Australia
The on-demand transport for Western Australia needs you to go beyond a standard driving license. To drive a commercial vehicle you’ll need to obtain an F-licence charter extension. Additionally, if you wish to work for a conventional taxi firm, you’ll need to opt for a T-licence charter.
As we saw above, for WA also you’ll need to submit a medical certificate indicating that you are fit as well as a Police Check WA.
Gather detailed information here: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/on-demandtransport/how-to-apply-for-a-ptd-authorisation.asp
Driver Accreditation For Northern Territory
To operate a commercial passenger vehicle in Northern Territory, you must be considered fit and proper. Once approved, your accreditation will be valid for 5 years and can be renewed.
This accreditation is achieved via an H endorsement. The basic requirements are to be able to read and write English, hold a full NT driving license, and have valid permission to work in Australia.
Moreover, you’ll need to provide a National Police Check Certificate initiated within the last 3 months.
Driver Accreditation For Queensland
On-demand transport for public passenger services in Queensland is recognized as “Driver Authorization.”
Potential drivers are requested to submit a complete background history check and have to comply with the rules imposed by independent on-demand operators.
Refer to the below-mentioned official website for Queensland Driver Authorization or Operator Accreditation.
Driver Accreditation For New South Wales
The state has specified some clear as mirror guidelines if you wish to drive for commercial purposes in New South Wales. First of all, you must be at least 20 years of age and hold a valid driver's licence for at least 12 months within the past 24 months.
You’ll also need to register your vehicle as well as get it inspected if you intend to use your private vehicle for commercial purposes. Your application should also include a medical assessment certificate, a National Criminal History Check NSW Certificate, and any other additional information that may be required from the RMS (The Roads & Maritime Services).
Driver Accreditation For Victoria
This state among the others represents the most lenient conditions to obtain driver accreditation.
You’ll need to possess a driver’s licence from any state for at least 12 months, submit a self-assessment medical form, and get a National Police Certificate Victoria.
Get complete info on Victoria Driver Accreditation on https://cpv.vic.gov.au/drivers/commercial-passenger-vehicle-and-bus-driver-accreditation
Driver Accreditation For South Australia
It is of utmost necessity to fulfill all the conditions to drive for on-demand transport in South Australia.
Besides the certificate of fitness, you’ll need to gather a Working with Children Check, National Police Check SA, VEVO Check (if applicable), and need to possess a valid driver’s licence for at least 6 months.
You’ll also need to complete a taxi driver training course in case you are applying for taxi driver accreditation.
Detailed instructions can be found here: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/industry-services/taxi-and-passenger-transport/apply-for-driver-accreditation
Rideshare Accreditation For ACT
For Australia Capital Territory, driver accreditation is referred to as Rideshare accreditation. To get rideshare accreditation, you’ll need to upgrade your driver's licence to obtain a ‘D’ condition.
The new regulatory requirements also mandate to present a passed roadworthy certificate and upgrade the vehicle’s registration with appropriate rideshare 3rd party insurance. Working with vulnerable people registration is a must while applying.
Check their official website for more info to apply for rideshare accreditation - https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/s/article/rideshare-accreditation-and-licensing-in-the-act-tab-overview
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