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KINNECT provides Commercial Drivers Medicals for all States and Territories in Australia. Our team of leading health professionals are ready to complete your next Commercial Drivers Medical.

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Commercial Drivers Medicals

Anyone who drives a vehicle for work has legal responsibilities to uphold with regards to their health. Commercial Vehicle Drivers must meet higher medical standards because of the demands of their work.

In Australia, employees must report health conditions which may impact on their ability to drive safely. The ultimate goal of these laws are to protect human life and to ensure everyone returns home safely.

Regardless of your perceived ability, driving is a complex task which requires a certain level of fitness. Being fit to drive means having good perception, judgement, responsiveness and physical capability. Additionally, occupational driving places extra demand on the driver such as work schedules and the transport of dangerous goods.

State and Territory Laws

Use the links below to find out more about the legal requirements for drivers in each Australian state or territory.

Queensland     New South Wales     Victoria
Tasmania     South Australia     Western Australia
Australian Capital Territory     Northern Territory

Health Conditions & Driving

There are a variety of Medical conditions which may affect your safe driving include:

  • Blackouts
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological conditions such as Epilepsy or seizures
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Substance misuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Vision problems

Our health professionals identify any health or medical conditions that may impair your driving ability. During these medicals, KINNECT may provide recommendations on your ‘Fitness to Drive’ certificate for the Driver Licensing Authority’s evaluation. However, your application outcome will be decided by your State or Territory Authority and not KINNECT or your employer.

Reporting conditions such as the above does not necessarily mean that your licence will be taken away or not issued. However, it does mean that the Driver Licensing Authority can work with you and your doctor for the best possible outcome. As mentioned above, it is your responsibility to report all illnesses to your State or Territory Driver Licensing Authority.


How often should a Commercial Drivers Medical be conducted?

A commercial drivers medical should be conducted every 3-5 years, depending on the state and territory of application. Individuals who hold a medium rigid (MR), heavy rigid (HR), heavy combination (HC) or multiple combinations (MC) licence type must undertake medicals. Public passenger vehicle drivers also fall under commercial standards.

What happens if I wear glasses?

Please note that for this assessment it is important to bring glasses, if you use them. Please do not wear contacts as we will check both corrected and uncorrected vision. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please bring any relevant and current documentation.

What is a Conditional Licence?

Conditional Licences

If you have declared a medical condition, you may be issued with a conditional licence. A conditional licence allows you to continue to drive as long as certain conditions are met. For example, driving may only be permitted when corrective lenses are worn in the case of vision issues. In other cases, you may be required to undertake regular medical reviews, with the results forwarded to the Driver Licensing Authority. You will be able to drive if you meet specific conditions and attend medical reviews, where deemed necessary. Should you be issued with a conditional licence, it is your duty to comply with all requests, or you risk cancellation.

What tests does a Commercial Drivers Medical include?

The requirements for Commercial Drivers Medical vary across Australia. Generally they include Audiometry, Medical Examination, Vision, Musculoskeletal Screen, Medical History. Depending on the jurisdiction, the medical may also include a Urinalysis.

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