Failing to overtake at a safe distance = 4 demerit points and $400 fine.
Overtaking at a railway/pedestrian/children's crossing = 4 demerit points and $400 fine.
Overtaking on continuous white line = 3 demerit points and $200 fine.
Exceeding speed limit when overtaking = This will vary depending on speed.
Overtaking can be dangerous. When overtaking, make sure you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and use your indicator to signal your intentions to other drivers.
Overtaking on the left
driving on a multi-lane road;
directed by an authorised person (e.g. police officer);
the vehicle(s) in the right lane is stationary and it is safe to do so;
a vehicle is indicating that it is turning right or making a U-turn.
Overtaking on the right
This is permitted when you’re both travelling in the same direction and you are not crossing a continuous white line.
Overtaking a vehicle on the right is NOT permitted:
at a railway, pedestrian or children’s crossing;
at an intersection;
where there is a ‘no overtaking’ sign;
where there are single or double continuous centre lines;
where you do not have a clear view of approaching traffic.
Motorists are required to overtake cyclists at a safe distance. It is recommended that cyclists are overtaken by at least a metre up to 70km/h and two metres at higher speeds.
If you’re being overtaken - keep left; don’t increase your speed; and don’t prevent the vehicle from overtaking you.