Vision Standards

Vision Standards

Vision standards for private and commercial driver licences are included in the AustRoads publication Assessing Fitness to Drive. State & Territory driver licensing authorities administer the Assessing Fitness to Drive standards in their respective state. Health Professionals can make enquiries to the following driving assessment units:

  • Capital Territory - Licensing and Registration Team: (02) 6205 1577
  • New South Wales - RMS: (02) 6640 2821
  • Northern Territory - Manager Licensing and Compliance: (08) 8999 3108
  • Queensland - Department of Transport and Main Roads: (07) 3066 2129
  • South Australia - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure: (08) 8402 1946
  • Tasmania - Medical Review Officer: (03) 6233 5221
  • Victoria - Medical Review: (03) 9854 2892
  • Western Australia - Driver Assessment Section: (08) 9216 8382

Austroads has also developed: 

 SafeDrive Medical education

To support health professionals’ understanding and confidence, the SafeDrive Medical online education program has been developed by VicRoads and is available online. While developed for the Victorian context, the principles are relevant nationally.

Australian Defence Forces

The vision standards for the Australian Defence Forces are complex due to the wide range of service occupations that exist within the Army, Navy and Air Force. The information below sets out the standards so that optometrists can provide general advice to patients.

Aviation - Civil Aviation Safety Authority

 Australian Federal Police

Disability Pension


There are currently no vision standards for electricians in Australia however individual employers may have their own requirements and often require normal color vision. It is recommeded that prospective electricians be advised of this potential difficulty as early as possible if they are color vision deficient.