Complete the Hazard Perception Test

Once a minimum of six calendar months has lapsed since you were issued with your Learner's permit and you have reached the minimum age of 16 years and six months, you can sit your Hazard Perception Test (HPT).

You must pass the HPT before you can attempt a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

Test your skills with our online simulator.

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Once a minimum of six calendar months has lapsed since you were issued with your Learner's permit and you have reached the minimum age of 16 years and six months, you can sit your Hazard Perception Test (HPT).
   

  Holders of a moped R-N class licence

You are not required to sit the Hazard Perception Test in order to obtain a moped R-N class licence.

However, you will need to sit the Hazard Perception Test, and complete all of the necessary steps, if you apply for a licence to drive another vehicle class.

  About the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

The HPT is a computer-based test featuring a series of video clips of traffic situations. The test will be used to measure your ability to assess road hazards and make safe driving decisions.

The test requires you to respond to each situation by clicking your mouse to indicate when it is safe to commence a manoeuvre or when you should take appropriate action to reduce the risk of an accident.

You do not need extensive computer skills to be able to take the test as on-screen instructions will guide you through the test.

If you have difficulties reading English, you can listen to the instructions by using the headphones provided.

You can also have an interpreter translate the instructions for you, but only during the introduction and practice session . If they assist you in any other way during the test, your test will be terminated and a fail result recorded.

  Task 1: Sit the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

You will need to sit a HPT test at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre (DVS) or regional agent.

Appointments are not required at metropolitan licensing centres, although HPT tests must commence before .

Appointments may be necessary at regional agencies as business hours vary.

  • If you fail, you cannot attempt the test again on the same day.
    • You will need to attend on another day.
    • You must produce all the required documents again when you return and pay an additional fee.

Temporary notice, October 2017:

In anticipation of increased customer attendance for a computer based theory or hazard perception test, the Department of Transport has put measures in place to alleviate wait times, however customers should be prepared for additional wait times for the few weeks following the 9th October 2017.

DVS_F_DL_E49_DecSupervisedNightDriving.pdf icon Declaration of supervised night time driving (Form E49) Kb
LBU_F_DL_E101_HazardPerceptionTestApp.pdf icon Hazard Perception Test (HPT) application (Form E101) (Was: Form DL72) Kb

  Task 2: What to do on the day: Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

Before you sit your HPT you will need to:

  • Pay a fee
  • Be at least 16 years and 6 months of age.
  • Have allowed a minimum of six calendar months to lapse since obtaining your learner's permit.
  • Complete a Hazard Perception Test form.
  • Bring your learner's permit.
  • Present your primary and secondary identification.

Exemptions from completing a HPT

Some communities in Western Australia do not have HPT facilities so an exemption may be granted where it is proven that you live outside a radius of more than 100 kilometres from a HPT location.

If you believe you may be eligible for an exemption, you will be required to complete an Exemption from the Hazard Perception Test form. Once your application has been reviewed you will receive a letter advising you of the decision.

LBU_F_DL_E19_ExemptionHazardPerceptionTest.pdf icon Exemption from Hazard Perception Test Kb
LBU_F_DL_E101_HazardPerceptionTestApp.pdf icon Hazard Perception Test (HPT) application (Form E101) (Was: Form DL72) Kb
LBU_FS_POI_PrimSec.pdf icon Proof of identity for other Driver and Vehicle Services transactions (Not an initial driver's licence or photo card) Kb

  Hazard Perception Test (HPT) simulator (online)

Taking this sample test will give you a taste of the skills you need before taking the real Hazard Perception Test (HPT).

There are four situations in this simulation:

  1. You have stopped at an intersection. You want to turn right.
  2. You are approaching an intersection. You might need to slow down.
  3. You are driving on a country road. You may overtake if it is safe and legal.
  4. You are driving straight ahead. You might need to slow down.Overtake other road users safely.
You have stopped at an intersection.
You want to TURN RIGHT.
Click to play, and then click to take action.
 

You are approaching an intersection. You might need to SLOW DOWN.
Click to play, and then click to take action.
 

You are driving on a country road.
You may OVERTAKE if it is safe and legal. Click to play, and then click to take action.
 

You are driving straight ahead.
You might need to SLOW DOWN. Click to play, and then click to take action.

  What's next?

Once you have passed your HPT, you need to build on your experience and continue to record a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours including at least five hours at night (between sunset and sunrise).

In this stage of the learner period, it's important to use a vehicle safely and consistently, in all conditions and traffic, so that you're prepared for when you'll be driving solo.

This stage is all about rehearsing for solo driving. You still need a supervising driver sitting next to you to help when needed, but you will need to be developing your independent driving skills.

Once you have completed a minimum 50 hours of supervised driving experience - including at least five hours at night (between sunset and sunrise), you are a minimum of 17 years of age and have developed the ability to control your vehicle safely, you can take the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).

 

Page last updated: Thu Oct 19 2017 7:56:42 AM