You can apply to upgrade to an unrestricted licence after having your P2 for 24 months. This is as long as you have not been suspended for unsafe driving bahaviour sometime during that 24 month period.
Provisional P2 drivers who receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour must stay on their P2 licence for an extra 6 months for every suspension they receive for unsafe driving behaviour. For example if a P2 licence holder gets suspended for going over their demerit points limit, they'll have to stay on their P2 licence for the normal 24 months, plus an extra 6 months, before being able to apply for a full licence.
From 20 November 2017, new P2 licence holders do not have to pass the Driver Qualification Test to progress to an unrestricted licence.
If you got your P2 licence before 20 November 2017 though, you'll need to pass the Driver Qualification Test (DQT) before progressing to an unrestricted licence. But you won't be subject to the extra 6 months on your P2 if you received a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour.
About the Driver Qualification Test (DQT)
This info only applies to you if you got your P2 licence before 20 November 2017.
What is the DQT?
The DQT is a touch-screen test that combines a knowledge test – questions about road rules and safe driving – and a more advanced version of the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) than you completed to get your P2 licence.
Like the HPT, the DQT is based on research about lowering the crash risk for young drivers. You should expect the DQT to be more challenging than all the tests you've faced previously, as it has been specially designed and developed to help you become a safer driver.
Preparing for the test
To prepare for the test you'll need a copy of the Driver qualification handbook, which you can buy from any registry or service centre, or download a PDF version (4.39MB) in English. Downloadable PDFs of the Driver qualification handbook in other languages are also available. You'll need to study the handbook carefully because you'll be tested on every section of the book.
At the beginning of the knowledge section and the hazard perception section, you'll be given some practice questions so you can get used to the technology. Build your skills by practising the DQT.
When you go for your test – which you can do at any registry or service centre – you'll need a copy of your licence, proof of identity and a means to pay for your full licence.