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Electric scooter laws in Australia

Electric scooters are classified as "non-road vehicles" by the Australian Government. Australia is governed by the Motor Vehicles Standard Act 1989 but rules and regulations defining the use and importation of electric scooters is dependent on legislation administered by the local council. 

The law regarding electric scooters vary per state. As a quick summary, see the table below:

STATE PUBLIC SPACE USE? PRIVATE PROPERTY? MAX MOTOR WATTAGE  MAX SPEED
QLD YES YES NO MAXIMUM 25 KM/H
NSW NO YES N/A N/A
VIC NO YES 200 WATTS 10 KM/H
ACT YES YES NO MAXIMUM 25 KM/H
SA NO YES N/A N/A
WA YES YES 200 WATTS 10 KM/H
NT YES YES 200 WATTS N/A
TAS NO YES 200 WATTS 10 KM/H

 

Researching scooter laws may be lot to take in but something as important is riding safely. Always wear your helmet securely, do not drink and ride, and focus on the road avoiding mobile phone use. Be kind and share the road or footpath. The above table serves only as a guide and may be outdated as of writing. No guarantee that the information is accurate or up to date due to continuous alteration in this field. Please do your own research to ensure you are informed. Further links per state are provided below:

QLD: Rules for personal mobility devices

NSW: Skateboards, foot scooters and rollerblades

VIC: Hoverboards, Segways and other motorised personal mobility devices

ACT: Personal mobility device use in the ACT

SA: Rules for Riding Motorised Scooters and Skateboards in South Australia

WA: E-scooter rules and regulations in WA

NT: Motorised Foot Scooters and Power-assisted Cycles

TAS: Power-assisted pedal cycles

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