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Note: The National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads have been advised of an issue with the medical criteria for drivers with repaired thoracic or abdominal aneurysms. To quickly resolve this issue, the NTC wrote to state and territory driver licensing authorities on 9 May 2017 asking them to consider applying the previous guidelines for repaired thoracic and abdominal aneurysms, in consultation each driver’s medical specialists. The NTC also asked them to continue applying the current guidelines for unrepaired aneurysms.

The NTC and Austroads will also seek to clarify the current guidelines as soon as possible and have begun consulting with the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery on formally removing any unintended consequences. 

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While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk.

Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities.

The standards are approved by Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers.

The 2016 edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive is effective from 1 October 2016. 

This website provides information for health professionals, employers, heavy vehicle drivers, commercial drivers and private vehicle drivers.


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AP G56 16 AFTD400px Download a PDF or purchase a hardcopy of the 2016 edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive
AFTD Summary cover Read a summary of the changes to the 2016 edition | 1 MB PDF
AFTD2016 Info Kit

Download the 2016 Assessing Fitness to Drive Information Kit| 375KB PDF

This kit contains:

  • a general media release
  • frequently asked questions
  • a summary of the key changes resulting from the review
  • Driver Licensing Authority contacts.


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