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20 May 2015

Knowledge test sessions now available at Southbank

Sessions are available Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm. 

More sessions are being added all the time, so check back regularly to see if your preferred time and date are available.
Check availability now.

07 May 2015

Knowledge test sessions available in Bendigo and Ballarat

Drivers in Ballarat and Bendigo can now book to sit the Knowledge test in their local area with new sessions now available for June and July.

Sessions are available as per the dates below. Book online now to sit the test.

Bendigo - 21 May, 18 June and 2 July 2015

9 am - 4 pm
Continuing Employment Bendigo
22 McLaren Street, Bendigo

Ballarat - 22 May, 19 June and 3 July 2015

9 am - 4 pm
Ballarat Learning Exchange
36 Camp Street, Ballarat

30 Apr 2015

Change in process regarding National Police Certificates

Current process

Currently, when you submit certain forms to the TSC, such as an application for driver accreditation, you must also provide the TSC with a current National Police Certificate (NPC). Each TSC form indicates whether or not it must be accompanied by an NPC. Until 1 July 2015, you can obtain an NPC directly from Victoria Police.

From 1 July 2015

From  1 July 2015, you will no longer need to provide a current NPC when submitting forms to the TSC. Instead you will need to complete and include a TSC Police Check Consent Form so the TSC can request a National Police History Check (NPHC) on your behalf. 

As a result of this change, the application fees will increase, but as you won't be paying any fee to obtain a certificate from the police, the overall cost to you will not change. You can find the latest fees here.

Making an application before 1 July 2015

If you are considering submitting a form requiring an NPC between now and 1 July 2015, please be aware that you are still required to provide a NPC with your application. It could take anywhere from two weeks to eight weeks for the police to process your NPC application, so you need to allow time for this to occur.

If you apply for a NPC but don't receive it in time to submit it to the TSC before 1 July 2015, you will need to follow the new NPHC process.  All relevant TSC forms received from 1 July 2015 will need to include a TSC Police Check Consent Form, plus all other supporting documentation and the new application fee.

02 Apr 2015

South eastern metropolitan taxi industry forum

On 1 April 2015, a taxi industry forum was facilitated by Steve Dimopoulos - Member for Oakleigh, Philip Deladakis - Member for Southern Metropolitan, Hong Lim - Member for Clarinda and Nick Staikos - Member for Bentleigh.

The forum was well attended and, to fulfil the commitment made at the forum, a copy of the TSC presentation outlining current industry statistics and trends is attached below:

30 Mar 2015

Changes to licence certificates

From 1 June 2015, the Taxi Services Commission(TSC) will no longer include some information currently included on licence certificates.

Financial institutions sometimes notify the TSC of their interest in a taxi or hire car licence. This is where they hold it as security for a loan, such as a mortgage, charge, lien or trust. They have requested that their interest be noted as an 'encumbrance' against the relevant licence.

In the past, the TSC has accepted these requests and included the details on licence certificates. The TSC will no longer accept these requests. 

Licences can still be used as security for a loan, but this will not be recorded by the TSC or printed on licence certificates issued from 1 June 2015.

Given the change in practice by the TSC, financial institutions may also make regular use of the Personal Property Securities Register. The register enables individuals or organisations (such as financial institutions) to record their interest in property.  Members of the public are able to search this register to see if a security interest is listed against personal property (such as a licence). 

A third party wishing to purchase a licence is responsible for confirming if that taxi or hire car licence is being held as security. They should also ensure that the licence is free of any such encumbrance at the time of settlement.

Any licence that have an encumbrance noted on their licence with the TSC before 1 June 2015 will still need to provide evidence from the financial institution releasing the licence prior to the licence being transferred.

Find out more information about transferring a licence.