Your licence will be immediately suspended if you are charged with:
• driving with a BAC of 0.10 or higher
• driving when you are under the influence of liquor or a drug
• failing to provide a specimen of breath, saliva or blood
• drink or drug driving when an earlier, similar drink or drug driving charge has not been dealt with by a court, or withdrawn or otherwise discontinued
• drink or drug driving when you are subject to a section 79E order
• dangerous driving while affected by an intoxicating substance.
Your licence will remain suspended until the charge is dealt with by a court, or withdrawn or otherwise discontinued.
Section 79E order You may be eligible to apply for a court order allowing you to continue to drive until the charge that resulted in your immediate suspension is dealt with by a court, or withdrawn or otherwise discontinued.
You will need to complete a Section 79E Order Application (form F4395) and lodge it with the Magistrates Court within 21 days after the date of the immediate suspension. There are restrictions on who is eligible for a section 79E order.
24 HOUR SUSPENSION
Your licence may be suspended for 24 hours if you are charged with:
• drink driving while over your legal limit but under 0.10 BAC
• drug driving
• failing to provide a specimen of breath, saliva or blood.
When this suspension period has ended, you may resume driving until a court decides your case.
If convicted of drink driving, drug driving or failing to provide a specimen of breath (other than a roadside test), saliva or blood, you will be fined and disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for a stated period.
HIGH SPEED SUSPENSION
If you are found driving at a speed more than 40km/h over the speed limit, you will generally be given an infringement notice for the offence.
As soon as you pay the fine or have been dealt with by a court, you will be sent a Notice of Driver Licence Suspension for Speeding Offence, stating that your licence will be suspended for six months from a stated date.
In addition, eight demerit points will be recorded against your traffic history for this offence.
If these points cause you to accumulate too many demerit points, you will also be dealt with under the demerit points scheme.