The Demerit Points Scheme is a national program that allocates
penalty points (demerits) for a range of driving offences. The scheme is
designed to encourage safe and responsible driving. Along with
financial penalties, demerit points provide a strong incentive to drive
within the law.
A driver who has not committed any offences has zero points. When an
offence that carries demerit points is committed, the points are added
to the licence holder’s driving record. If the licence holder incurs the
threshold number of demerit points within a three-year period, a
licence suspension or refusal is applied.
The thresholds are as follows:
- Unrestricted licence – 13 points.
- Professional drivers – 14 points
- Provisional P2 licence – 7 points.
- Provisional P1 licence – 4 points.
- Learner licence – 4 points