Older Driver Assessment

What is an Older Driver Assessment?

An Older Driver Assessment is a driving assessment for Class C licence holders aged 75 and over who need to complete a driving assessment at the recommendation of their medical practitioner. Older driver’s aged 85 with an unrestricted Class C licence also need to pass a driving assessment every second year if they wish to retain their licence.

These assessments can be provided by a Testing Officer from Transport for NSW, Service NSW or by a Transport for NSW Accredited Older Driver Assessor.

Accredited Older Driver Assessors are approved by Transport for NSW to conduct older driver licensing assessments for drivers aged 75 and above.

You can Find an Older Driver Assessor here.

Applying to become an Older Driver Assessor

A NSW fully licensed driving instructor with a minimum of three years' experience can submit an application to become an older driver assessor:

Completed applications must be emailed to odaworkshop@transport.nsw.gov.au When your application is received, Transport for NSW will confirm your eligibility based on your qualifications and experience.

Applications must be include:

  • certified copy of Statement of Attainment showing units of competency TAEASS401 and TAEASS402
  • certified copy of ACN or ABN certificate
  • certified colour copy of current unrestricted Australian Driver Licence
  • certified colour copy of current NSW Driving Instructor Licence (Class C)
  • signed copy of an Industry Code of Practice from an industry association
  • Curriculum Vitae of work history
  • copy of current insurance policies for:
    • $1 million professional indemnity insurance
    • $10 million public liability insurance
    • Comprehensive vehicle insurance
    • Workers compensation as required by law (if applicable).

Applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding and comply with:

Qualifications required for eligibility

Assessors must successfully complete a Transport for NSW Older Driver Assessor Workshop and have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) including these units:

  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes and TAEASS402 Assess competence, or
  • a Transport for NSW approved equivalent qualification.

The assessment qualifications TAEASS401 and TAEASS402 can be gained through most TAFE Institutions, community colleges and Registered Training Organisations.

Older Driver Assessor Workshop

Successful applicants receive an invitation to a full day Transport for NSW Older Driver Assessor Workshop.

To attend this workshop, applicants successfully complete pre and post-course assessments.

Your application will not progress unless you meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Subject to workshop availability, you will receive:

  • an invitation to attend the one day Older Driver Assessor Workshop conducted by Transport for NSW.
  • online pre-course questionnaire (ten questions).

The pre-course questionnaire must be completed before attending the workshop.

Accreditation documentation will be issued on the day of the workshop. This must be completed, signed, witnessed and returned. An online post-course questionnaire will be emailed to you for completion. Successful applicants will be issued a Transport for NSW signed copy of the accreditation documentation and added to the Find an Older Driver Assessor search.

Accredited Older Driver Assessors can begin conducting assessments on receipt of the signed accreditation document.

Experience required

Assessors must have an unrestricted driving instructor licence with a minimum tenure of three years' experience*.

Any 'restricted' driving instructor licence holders must upgrade to an unrestricted instructor licence to meet the eligibility requirement. However, 'restricted' licence tenure will be recognised towards the minimum three years' experience.

*Note: consideration may be given to waive the Driving Instructor three year tenure requirement if an applicant has Transport for NSW Driver Testing Officer experience and they can provide:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • a Transport for NSW Driver Testing Officer work history Curriculum Vitae.

Further information

Please email odaworkshop@transport.nsw.gov.au if you have any questions or require more information.

Online tools

Older Driver Assessments online system

Related sections

Information for older drivers

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