Most traffic offences that are dealt with in court carry mandatory minimum licence disqualifications. This guide deals with common offences, any mandatory disqualifications and eligibility for work licences.

The circumstances in the guide would apply to a person on an open licence with no prior convictions for driving offences or other disqualifying criteria. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. Please feel free to contact us for specific advice about your matter.

If you feel like giving your own application a go, we’ve prepared a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to apply for a work licence.


Minimum disqualification (if any)

Work licence available?

Driving above the low alcohol limit (0.05 BAC) 1 month Yes
Driving above the middle alcohol limit (0.10 BAC) 3 months Yes
Driving above the high alcohol limit (0.15 BAC) / driving under the influence 6 months No
Driving under the influence of drugs 6 months No
Fail to provide specimen of breath 6 months Yes
Driving with a relevant drug present in blood or saliva 1 month Yes


Driving unlicensed (without a circumstance of aggravation) None No
Driving while demerit point suspended 6 months (no range) No
Driving while SPER suspended 1 month No
Disqualified driving / driving while disqualified by court order 2 years No
Fail to stop motor vehicle 2 years No
Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle 6 months No
Driving without due care and attention None No
Driving more than 40 km/h over the speed limit (high speed offence) 6 months Yes (as a special hardship licence application)