A huge change is coming for thousands of expats living in Australia – as the minister opens a loophole
A huge change is coming for thousands of expats living in Australia – as the top minister creates a loophole that allowed Sam Burgess to keep his UK driver’s license
- Visa holders with international licenses may soon be forced to get an NSW license
- Andrew Constance said he was getting legal advice on loopholes for visa holders
- Loophole means some, including foreign students, avoid NSW license
- Said he was outraged by reports that Sam Burgess had fined the UK license
Holders of international driver’s licenses from all Australian visa classes could soon be forced to switch to a New South Wales driver’s license after three months in the state, the Secretary of Transportation said.
New South Wales Transport Secretary Andrew Constance announced on Thursday that he was seeking legal advice on a loophole that would allow some visa class holders, such as students with a student visa, to avoid switching to an NSW permit.
Permanent residents do not belong to this category.
Traffic fines are also applied differently for international permit holders.
Andrew Constance (pictured) said he was given legal advice on a loophole that allowed some visa holders to avoid an NSW permit
Mr Constance said he was outraged by the reports that ex-NRL star Sam Burgess had committed more than 30 driving offenses in NSW while holding a UK driver’s license, so his driver’s license was not revoked.
Burgess, as a permanent resident of NSW, was required to transition to a state license within three months.
The English footballer was fined more than $ 1,000 this week, but spared a conviction after driving drugs in an unregistered BMW on a highway south of Sydney.
He also pleaded guilty to driving without an NSW driver’s license while a resident.
“It’s really disappointing when we have someone that people look up to as a footballer with such a track record,” said Mr. Constance.
Sam Burgess, (pictured) as a permanent resident of NSW, had to switch to a state license within three months
‘I’m actually disgusted with the regime regarding international driver’s licenses and the fact that it can commit more than 30 offenses. That’s disgusting. ‘
Mr. Constance called on Burgess not to get behind the wheel and said he would also contact the police about the matter.
“I am absolutely committed to making sure this regime is back in place before we see the resumption of international travel back to Australia,” said Mr Constance.
Burgess retired in 2019 due to a chronic shoulder injury, after a 270-game career in the NRL and in the English Super League and stints with the English national rugby union and rugby league teams.
Visa holders in Australia may be forced to obtain an NSW license (pictured) if residing in the state for more than three months