Queensland Taxi Driver English Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to sit an English assessment?
All new applicants for taxi driver authorisation (DA) who intend to drive in major taxi service areas must undertake the Queensland Taxi Driver English Assessment (QTDEA) at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who is approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (the department) to deliver the assessment. Major taxi service areas are defined by the department as areas that have 35 or more taxi service licences. They are Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Redcliffe, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville. Applicants do not have to undertake the assessment if they:
are an existing holder of taxi DA; or
have previously undertaken the QTDEA from 1 November 2010 through a department approved RTO (please note that Central Queensland Institute of TAFE is an approved RTO). All new applicants for taxi driver authorisation who intend to drive in non-major taxi service areas in Queensland (areas with 34 or fewer taxi service licences), will not be required to undertake an English assessment through an RTO, but are still required to successfully complete an English assessment which will be administered by the Taxi Council of Queensland.
Why do I have to sit an English assessment to drive a taxi?
It is a requirement under Queensland legislation that applicants for taxi DA are able to speak and understand English. In July 2010, it was agreed nationally to implement the national minimum English standard as a requirement that all new metropolitan taxi driver applicants must successfully complete.
English is my first language, do I need to undertake an English Assessment?
Yes. All new applicants for taxi DA, regardless of their place of birth, are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by undertaking an assessment.
What will I be assessed on?
Applicants will be assessed on the five (5) core skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and numeracy.
Who conducts the assessment?
For applicants who intend to drive in major taxi services areas, the assessment is conducted by RTOs who have registered with the department. For applicants who intend to drive in non-major taxi service areas, the assessment is administered by the Taxi Council of Queensland.
How do I book an English assessment?
Applicants will need to contact their local taxi booking company or taxi operator to discuss booking arrangement options.
What do I need to take with me?
Applicants will need to take their Australian driver licence with them to their assessment appointment.