Driving and Using Your Mobile Phone

Getting distracted doesn’t take much. While “distraction” is not an offence, there are still distraction-related offences drivers may commit.

Using your mobile phone while driving, either talking on the phone or texting, is a distraction and is an offence.  Check below to see what penalties apply in your area.

Differences between states

Western Australia

In Western Australia it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Penalty is a $250 fine and 3 demerit points.

It is also illegal to drive a motor vehicle which has a television receiver or visual display unit operating if any part of the image on the screen is visible to the driver from the normal driving position. Penalty is a $100 fine and 3 demerit points.

Queensland

In Queensland, talking or texting with a mobile phone in your hand while driving is an offence, even when stopped at traffic lights. Penalty is a $330 fine and 3 demerit points.