NSW has one of the most advanced training systems for new taxi drivers or those wishing to enhance their careers once in the Industry. In metropolitan areas, to qualify to be a new taxi driver, you must:
- Have held an Australian Driver Licence for a total of at least 12 months in the previous two years.
- Hold an unrestricted NSW Driver Licence.
- Complete a Police background check.
- Be at least 20 years old.
- Be medically fit to drive a public transport vehicle.
- Complete an English language test of conversational English. The University of Western Sydney is now providing NSW Government-endorsed assessment tests specifically for Sydney Taxi Drivers. View the Roads and Maritime Services website to determine whether you are exempt from completing an English Language Test.
- Complete an Application for an Authority to Drive.
For information about becoming a taxi driver in NSW Country areas contact your local taxi network or Roads and Maritime Services on 02 9689 8888.
Taxi driving is unlike other jobs, as taxi drivers have a lot of freedom to control how, when and where they work.
The NSW Taxi Council recently talked to taxi drivers about why they like driving taxis and the advantages of becoming a taxi driver. The comments obtained from drivers in different parts of NSW confirmed that careers in the taxi industry can provide many rewards, and can suit many people for a wide range of reasons.
Of particular note is that there are a restricted number of taxis, therefore drivers have good opportunities to earn consistent and sustainable returns in the safest available working environment.
Current Drivers Authority Update
There are two fact sheets available on the Roads and Maritime website regarding the Driver Authority extensions – Extended validity of Driver Authorities, which includes a link to a further notice Changes to Driver Authority Expiry Dates