Latest Update for Driving
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is vital we all take extra steps to ensure staff and students have access to safe workplaces, including when using vehicles.
The Tasmanian Department of Health has produced guidance for Fleet Managers and for Drivers when using shared vehicles for work purposes.
Fleet Managers should review this document and ensure the advice is put in place for their fleet.
Fleet Managers should also provide the Driver Checklist below to each driver when they collect the car keys:
- Sharing vehicles safely during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF 77.0 KB)
- Sharing vehicles safely: driver checklist (PDF 140.6 KB)
19 February 2021 - Advice:
"The University has updated its policy regarding the use of vehicles in line with recent changes to public health guidelines.
When planning to use vehicles for work-related purposed, please first consider whether the travel is necessary and if passenger numbers can be limited. If travel is required, the full vehicle capacity can be used."
Driving Minimum Standards (under review)
The objective of this Procedure is to provide a framework for approved staff, students, volunteers and visitors driving University authorised vehicles. The University acknowledges its responsibility to provide safe vehicles and to ensure that they are properly maintained. Vehicles must be selected and used only for the purposes intended and by authorised and competent persons, and in compliance with all road rules, traffic laws and licence conditions.
This Procedure provides the specifications for authorised vehicles. It also provides the requirements that Organisational Units must comply with if they own University vehicles that are not managed centrally by Infrastructure Services Development (ISD).
- Hazardous Work Procedure (Coming Soon)
Forms and Checklists associated with the above Procedures:
Note: Staff (including Adjunct, Clinical and University Associates) must use the new Driver Authorisation e-form in the Staff Services Portal. Student/Volunteers use this paper form.
- Authorisation to Drive a University Vehicle (PDF 112KB)
- Vehicle Safety and Condition Checklist (Word 1.1MB)
- Vehicle Safety Features and Equipment Checklist (Word 428KB)
- Private Vehicle Approval Form (PDF 118KB)
A Risk Assessment is a simple tool to look at an activity such as a task, project or event to identify health and safety risks that are likely to pose a threat t a person's safety or impact on operations of the University and to establish appropriate risk controls to minimise harm.
The University Project/Task Risk Assessment Procedure (PDF 353KB) provides guidance on the minimum requirements for University of Tasmania staff and students to follow when planning an activity (both on and off campus) so that work health safety risks are managed.
Driver's Licence (International and Interstate)
The following links provide information for drivers of University vehicles who hold international and interstate licences:
Road Closures and Weather Warnings
Other providers may be listed in the yellow pages.
- Fitness to Drive - What you need to know to be fit to drive (Tasmanian Government/MAIB) (PDF 316KB)
- Fatigue Management (safeworkaustralia - workers guide) (PDF 131KB)
- ANCAP Rating (useful site for identifying rating for private vehicle)
Extract from Driving Procedure
"To be a University authorised vehicle, the vehicle must:
- have an Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) 5 Star rating; or
- have an ANCAP 4 Star rating and a kerb weight of 1300 – 1700kg; or
- be a specific purpose vehicle assessed and authorised using an approved University risk assessment."