Using a mobile phone while driving can be distracting. Research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving may increase your chance of a crash by as much as four times.
It is illegal in all Australian states and territories to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This includes:
Using a hand held mobile phone is also illegal when your vehicle is stationary but not parked e.g. when you’re stopped at traffic lights. Drivers who break this law can face an on-the-spot fine and incur demerit points.
For experienced drivers, use of a hands free device can be legal in defined circumstances, see laws in your state for details.
A hands-free device can reduce the physical effort to make and receive calls but it doesn't necessarily make it safe to use a phone while driving. It is illegal to use a hands-free phone while driving if it causes you to lose proper control of your vehicle. The penalty is a significant fine and demerit points.
Learner and provisional drivers and riders must not use a mobile phone while driving or riding.
This includes phones in the hands-free mode or with loud speaker operating, sending or receiving SMS messages, playing games or any other function on your phone.
Learner and P1 drivers and provisional drivers are developing their vehicle control, hazard perception skills. Mobile phone use can distract the novice drivers and riders from the driving task. Studies have found that using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous as it slows reaction times and interferes with a driver’s perception skills and increases the chance of having a crash.
Why it’s dangerous to use a mobile phone while driving?
Research shows that dialling and talking on a mobile phone while driving can lead to:
A mobile phone can be important in an emergency. If you need to use your mobile phone to call for help, stop and park safely where you will not endanger other road users.
New South Wales