Operator accreditation (OA) is an accreditation that authorises the holder to provide, as an operator, a public passenger service of a particular kind. A public passenger service is a service for the carriage of passengers if:
- the service is provided for fare or other consideration
- the service is provided in the course of a trade or business
- the service is a community or courtesy transport service.
There are different categories of OA for the different kinds of public passenger services. An operator can hold any of the following categories of OA:
- scheduled services (including urban, minor, school and long distance)
- motorcycle tourist services
- community transport services
- courtesy transport services
- general services (this includes any passenger transport service requiring OA that does not fit into another category of OA).
There are different operational requirements for the different types of services, including vehicle types and age limits. If you are contemplating providing public passenger transport services, it is recommended that you obtain information regarding requirements from the department.