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HC

Heavy Combination (HC class) is the second-highest ranking class out of the five categories of a heavy vehicles licence. Heavy vehicles include all motor vehicles over 4.5 tonnes. HC class generally pertains to a prime mover with an attached single semi-trailer (plus any unladen converter dolly) or any rigid motor vehicle with an attached trailer that has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of at least 9 tonnes. However, the vehicle assessment may vary slightly based on the state.

HC class licence allows you to drive most motor vehicles or combinations except for vehicle combinations that qualify for Multi Combination (MC class) or motorcycles. This licence is generally required for container transport, road construction driving, and heavy general freight.

Heavy vehicle licencing is administered by state and territory road authorities and thus licence eligibility requirements per state often vary.

Requires Medium Rigid (MR class) or Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for a minimum of 12 months

Requires Medium Rigid (MR class) or Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for at least 12 months, HC knowledge test, eyesight test, and completion of Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA)

Requires Medium Rigid  (MR class) or Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for at least 12 months, driving lessons from a driver with a current HC or Multi Combination (MC class) licence, completion of approved training course (since October 2018), and the final competency assessment 

Requires Medium Rigid  (MR class) or Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for a minimum of 12 months

Requires Medium Rigid  (MR class) or Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for a minimum of 12 months and completion of Heavy Vehicle CBT&A course

OR

unrestricted car licence (C class) held for over 2 years and completion of Training-in-Lieu of Experience (TiLE) course

Requires minimum age of 20 years, Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for a minimum of 12 months, combination road rules knowledge test, and completion of National Accredited Course and Final Competency Assessment

Requires minimum age of 21 years, C (Car class) licence held for a minimum of 24 months, Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for a minimum of 12 months, and completion of an approved driver training course as well as other heavy vehicle training courses/assessments

Requires Car (C class) licence held for a minimum of 36 months and Medium Rigid (MR class) or Heavy Rigid (HR class) licence held for a minimum of 12 months

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