Even Vicroads website is not very clear on how to convert your international motorcycle license if you are not part of the countries they have an agreement with. The people at the front desk do not have a clue about how this works since all the process is being done through third party licencing schools in Victoria. However, when visiting the different school websites you also get the feeling that they are all doing a different course and is still confusing on how to do it.
The Scootery team was confused too and took the journey to understand how the process works and therefore with the help of HART (Honda Australia Rider Training) and its director, Micheal, we received first-hand guidance and advice on the process to clarify the doubts that we all may have about how to convert the license.
Micheal emphasized that the conversion process is standard for every school in Victoria. Also, he expressed that the reason behind the course relies on the fact that not all riding environments are the same and we cannot compare riding a motorcycle in India or Thailand to riding a motorcycle in Australia considering that the countries vary in traffic density, speed and infrastructure and the skills for safe riding vary considerably. It is not that they are better or worse, the context is different.
HART first opened its doors in Victoria in 1989 and now, over 30 years on, HART has grown into the largest motorcycle rider training provider in Australia.
As of April 29, 2021 most internationals who reside in Victoria and use their international license will need to convert their license and will need to follow 3 steps to successfully convert it:
1 – First Step
Validate your license with Vicroads by presenting the Hazard Perception Test and Learners permit test (Road knowledge Test). The two (2) tests are taken directly with Vicroads and the cost is $43.4 when taking both tests together. We recommend if possible to prepare and take both tests on the same day and make use of the practice tools that Vicroads provides when booking online or by phone.
How do I book the Hazard Perception and learners permit test? Follow the link Book or call directly to Vicroads (13 11 70).
2 – Second Step
Once you have passed both tests, it is possible to book and attend the two day learner course. It must be taken for two consecutive days of approximately 8 hours per day. If necessary it is possible to arrange an interpreter for both days in order to understand all the indications in your native language.
3- Third Step
The third step is to submit the Licence Assessment which takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes (1-1/4 hrs). This can only be scheduled after the 2 days of the course have passed. Immediately after taking this test you will have your Australian motorcycle license.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
I have had my motorcycle license for less than 3 years, can I do the conversion?
Yes, you can and it is still easier than starting from scratch. If you have had your license for more than 3 months you can qualify for a P1 or P2 license depending on how long you have had your license and avoid having the learners license.
If you have held the license for more than 3 years and you are over 21 years old you can have access to the full open license.
Can I work with Ubereats with P1 and P2?
Scootery is aware that P1 and P2 are being accepted by Ubereats. The learner licenses are not being accepted by the Mobile application for work porpuses.
Please leave your questions so we can solve them in case is needed with us! We are more than happy to answer all the questions.