Driving is often an important part of a person’s lifestyle, representing freedom and independence. It is, however, a complex task involving physical ability, vision, cognitive ability and emotional skills. Any changes or loss of function in any one of these abilities due to ageing, illness or injury, may affect a person’s ability to drive.

Sometimes people are not aware of changes in their abilities and need to be guided by their health professionals and family as to whether there may be concerns about their driving ability. Occupational therapists work to help people be as independent as possible in the activities of their everyday life. All OTs are registered health professionals and those who conduct driving assessments have completed specialised post-graduate training.

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Find an OT Driving Assessor in Qld
Download our list of Occupational Therapy Driving Assessors in QLD or visit our Find a Private Practice OT Directory. Please contact the practitioner directly to check availability and cost.

The Road Ahead – A guide to occupational therapy driving assessments
For more information on OT Driving Assessments download our ebook

Altzheimer's Australia - Driving & Dementia Papers
A very useful collection of papers developed by Altzheimer's Australia which includes information sheets for both the sufferer and their family/carers which discusses the decision to cease driving. The collection also includes the Altzheimer's Australia policy on diagnosis and driving.

VicRoads Medical Review - Assessing Fitness to Drive
VicRoads are responsible for the licensing of occupational therapists in Victoria who conduct driving assessments. Guidelines and information about this process and further resources for ots is available on the VicRoads website.

VicRoads Medical Conditions Information
Information and forms for those a medical condition or who may be taking medication that may affect the ability to drive safely.

Licensing and driving for people with a disability
Information about the requirements for a person with a temporary disability to continue driving, and the requirements for a person with a permanent disability to obtain a licence for the first time.

Australian Disability Parking Scheme
Information on the National Disabled Persons' Parking Scheme including how to use the permit and additional links to state specific programs.

Disabled Motorists Australia
Disabled Motorists Australia (DMA) is a non-for-profit established in 1954 to help people with disabilities gain independence through motoring. The only motoring group of its kind in Australia, DMA offers member discounts, referrals and support on all transport and mobility issues.

National Transport Commission Guidelines for Assessing Medical Fitness
The Assessing Fitness to Drive publication is a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC) detailing the many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive and contains the nationally agreed medical standards for the purposes of driver licensing.

Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland (CARRS - Q)
The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety work to support and improve transport, work-related and community safety through high-quality research, education and advocacy.

Competency Standards for OT Driver Assessors
A comprehensive guide to the standards which represent the knowledge, skills, and attributes which the profession considers necessary for specialist occupational therapists to provide quality assessment and rehabilitation service for drivers with functional impairments.

National Transport Commission Guidelines for Assessing Medical Fitness
Representatives from the Victorian OT Driving Assessors' Interest group took part in this review, and submitted several consultation documents for the reviews of the 2006 Guidelines for Assessing Medical Fitness to Drive publication and April 2010 Draft version of the new publication: Assessing Fitness to Drive; for commercial and private vehicle drivers. The March 2012 (current) version of the Guidelines for Assessing Medical Fitness to Drive (Medical standards for licensing and clinical management guidelines) replaces the 2006 version following the 2009/10 Review of the Guidelines for Assessing Medical Fitness to Drive. This document can also be downloaded from the AustRoads website.

ACCC Help Cut Mobility Scooter Accidents Booklet
This booklet, published by the Australian Competitor & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been published to raise awareness regarding the possible risks associated with scooter use and the associated actions to manage those risks. For additional information on product safety and recalls, visit the ACCC Product Safety Australia website.

VicRoads Occupational Therapy and Driving
The VicRoads website provides guidelines, assessment documents and other information to assist Driving Assessment ots.

VicRoads Guidelines for Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors
The Guidelines for Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors were developed by VicRoads to provide information about licensing and the driving assessment process.

NDSS Diabetes and Driving Booklet
The Diabetes and Driving booklet has been updated and is now available on the NDSS website.

National Driving Taskforce
The National Driving Taskforce (NDT) is established as an organisational advisory Committee by the CEO of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA). The purpose of the NDT is to create alignment on national driver assessment issues and to facilitate a united approach. Taskforce members will work together to support the advancement of the sector by providing advisory and advocacy support and by supporting the review and development of standards, guidelines, and resources.

The NDT members are Beth Cheal, Lyndall Cook, Belinda Johnston, Kerry Mallon, Janene Strahan, Michelle Turnbull, Carolyn Unsworth, Nicole Young, Brad Williams, Stacey George, Marilyn Di Stefano, Christopher Pearce.


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OT Driver Test - Implementation Support (VIC)

Testing Routes - developed by Occupational Therapy Driving Assessors (your peers) for sharing.

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