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Changes to the hazard perception test

On 29 March 2021, we released a new hazard perception test to improve the road safety knowledge of some of our most at-risk groups. Good hazard perception can be the difference in avoiding a crash.

The changes include:

  • all learner licence holders will be required to pass the test before upgrading their licence
  • introducing a hazard perception test for motorcycle learner licence holders
  • improving the quality of the test clips with new computer-generated images.

Find out how the changes will affect you or the licence you want to apply for:

Learner licence

From 29 March 2021 all learner licence holders must pass the hazard perception test before upgrading their licence.

Once you have completed PrepL and have your learner licence, you will have to complete the following licence requirements to upgrade to unsupervised driving:

  1. Hazard perception test
  2. Learner logbook (for learner licence holders under 25 years)
  3. Practical driving test

From 1 July 2021, you must pass the hazard perception test before you can take your practical driving test.

You are eligible to take the hazard perception test after you've held your learner licence for 6 months. We'll send you an email to let you know when you can take the test.

P1 licence

If you were issued a P1 licence before 29 March 2021, you are required to pass the hazard perception test before you can upgrade to a P2 or Open licence.

You need to hold your P1 licence for a minimum of 12 months before you will be eligible to take the hazard perception test. If you have an email address registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, we'll send you an email to let you know when you can take the hazard perception test.

Motorcycle learner licence

We have introduced a hazard perception test for motorcycle riders.

From 1 July 2021, all motorcycle learner licence holders must pass the motorcycle hazard perception test before taking the Q-Ride RE Course or RE practical riding test.

We recommend you get as much supervised practise in as possible, but you can take the hazard perception test at any time during your learner period. The Q-Ride RE Course or RE practical driving test can only be taken after you have held your learner licence for 3 months.

Changes to the hazard perception test

The hazard perception test was originally introduced in 2008 and featured real life footage containing hazards. This test has been a useful road safety tool, but it was time to modernise it. As part of a national project we've created brand new 3D computer generated situations showing hazards in each video.

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We’ve improved our test videos, and we’re introducing one for motorcycle riders.

All learner drivers and riders will have to pass a hazard perception test before they can drive or ride unsupervised.

Hazard perception test scenario of car waiting to turn right

The following video is a hazard perception test scenario of car waiting to turn right.

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This video has no descriptive audio, there is sounds of traffic. The video demonstrates a hazard perception test scenario of car waiting to turn right in traffic.

Hazard perception test scenario of motorcycle driving on road

The following video is a hazard perception test scenario of motorcycle driving on road

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This video has no descriptive audio, there is the sound of the motorcycles engine. The video demonstrates a hazard perception test scenario of a motorcycle driving in traffic.

Take the hazard perception test

You need to pay a fee before you can get access to the test. You will have access to the test for up to 12-months.

I'm ready to take the hazard perception test.

Start test

The hazard perception test will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, you will need at least that amount of time connected to the internet.

Indigenous communities

An offline version of the car hazard perception test can be delivered by the Indigenous Driver Licensing Unit during their visits to communities. There is no offline version of the motorcycle hazard perception test able to be delivered.

There are no exemptions from taking the car or motorcycle hazard perception test.