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Complete Guide to Electric Scooter Laws Across Australia: State-by-State Regulations

Electric scooters have become a popular mode of transportation across Australia, offering an efficient, eco-friendly way to navigate urban environments. However, regulations can vary significantly from one state to another. This comprehensive guide provides a detailed overview of electric scooter laws in each Australian state, helping riders ensure compliance and safety.

Electric Scooter Laws Across Australia

1. New South Wales (NSW) In New South Wales, electric scooters are currently only legal to ride on private property. Public use is restricted until further legislation is introduced. Keep updated on potential changes to regulations that may allow for broader use.

2. Victoria (VIC) Victoria allows electric scooters to be used in public spaces but limits speeds to 10 km/h on footpaths and they must not exceed 200 watts in power. Helmet use is mandatory, and scooters should be equipped with a bell and lights for safety.

3. Queensland (QLD) Queensland is one of the more e-scooter friendly states, allowing scooters that travel up to 25 km/h. Riding on roads is not permitted unless there is a local by-law in place permitting it. Helmets are required, and e-scooters must have a bell and lights.

4. South Australia (SA) In South Australia, e-scooters are allowed in the Adelaide CBD as part of a trial. Riders must adhere to a 15 km/h speed limit, wear helmets, and follow all road rules applicable to bicycles.

5. Western Australia (WA) Western Australia permits e-scooters with a maximum power output of 200 watts. They can travel up to 10 km/h on footpaths and shared paths. Helmets and visible clothing are required.

6. Tasmania (TAS) Tasmania permits electric scooters on footpaths and roads where the speed limit is 50 km/h or lower. The maximum speed for scooters is 20 km/h, and helmet use is mandatory.

7. Northern Territory (NT) The NT allows electric scooters on footpaths, bicycle paths, and roads with a speed limit of 50 km/h or less. Scooters must not exceed 15 km/h, and riders are required to wear helmets.

8. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) The ACT has implemented a trial allowing electric scooters to travel up to 15 km/h on footpaths and up to 25 km/h in bicycle lanes. Helmets are compulsory, and scooters must have lights and a bell.

How to Choose the Right Electric Scooter

When choosing an electric scooter, consider the specific regulations of your state to ensure compliance. Redback Scooters offers a range of models that meet the varying requirements across Australia. Check out our collection to find a scooter that suits your needs and adheres to local laws.


Understanding and adhering to the specific electric scooter laws of your state is crucial for safe and legal riding. This guide aims to provide you with the necessary information to navigate these regulations effectively.

For detailed information on models that meet these regulations, visit our Electric Scooter Collection.

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