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Driving with a Disability

Depending on your disability, it doesn't necessarily mean you can no longer drive on our roads.

The only way that your ability can be properly evaluated is by you undertaking an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment.

What You Need To Know

Occupational Therapy Driving Assessments

An Occupational Therapy (OT) Driving Assessment is a thorough assessment that takes into account both:

  • Off road assessment, and

  • On road assessment,

to determine your fitness to drive.

The off road assessment involves vision screening, physical function and cognitive exercises.

The on road assessment is conducted in a dual-control vehicle, with a driving instructor, and we observe all aspects of your driving skills during the exercise.

Rehabilitation Recommendations

Depending on the recommendations provided to you as a result of the OT Assessment, you may need to attend a Driver Rehabilitation Programme to help you on the road, these may include:

  • learning to drive with vehicle modifications,

  • driving techniques to counteract identified difficulties,

  • desensitisation to overcome phobias and anxiety,

  • preparation of an RMS driving test, or

  • a fitness program.


In most cases, the overall costs of the assessments are paid directly by you, the driver. Exceptions to this is if the assessments are required as a result of a work injury of a car accident.

You may be able to obtain funding to cover partial/full costs, depending on your circumstances:

  • Insurance

  • NDIS

  • Life Time Care and Support Scheme

  • Job Access

  • other organisations.

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