The West Australian Government adopted the Australian Road Rules for mobile phone use on 1 March 2011.

Below is a simple explanation of the law from the Western Australia Office of Road Safety Street Smarts brochure.


USING MOBILE PHONES AND VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS WHILE DRIVING.
 
Mobile Phones may only be used by the driver of a vehicle to make or receive a phone call while driving if the phone is either:
 
- Secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle; or
- If not secured, can be operated without touching  it (e.g. using a bluetooth handsfree controller).
 
It is an offence to create, send or look at a text message, video message, email or similar communication while driving.
Penalty: Three demerit points and a $250 fine.
 
Visual Display Units (e.g. a GPS unit or other navigational device) must either be:
 
- An integrated part of the vehicle design; or
- Secured in a commercially designed mounting, affixed to the vehicle while it is being used.
 
Penalty: Three demerit points and a $100 fine.
 
For further information visit ors.wa.gov.au or call 9323 4688.
 
This advertisement provides a simple interpretation of the law, and is not intended to constitute legal advice.
 

Outlined below is a full description of the mobile phone use law in Western Australia is from the Road Traffic Code 2000 - Current as at 13 Apr 2013. 

265. Use of mobile phones
 
(1)  In this regulation —
 
body, in relation to a mobile phone, means the part of the phone that contains the majority of the phone’s mechanisms;
 
held includes held by, or resting on, any part of the driver’s
 
body, but does not include held in a pocket of the driver’s clothing or in a pouch worn by the driver;
 
mobile phone does not include a CB radio or any other two-way radio;
 
use, in relation to a mobile phone, includes any of the following actions by the driver of a vehicle —
 
(a) hold the phone;
(b) enter or place anything into the phone, or send or look at anything that is in the phone;
(c) turn the phone on or off;
(d) operate any other function of the phone.
 
(2) A driver of a vehicle must not use a mobile phone while the vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked, unless —
 
(a) the phone is being used to make or receive a phone call, other than a text message, video message, email or similar communication, and the body of the phone —
 
(i) is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle while being so used; or
 
(ii) is not secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle and is not being held by the driver, and the use of the phone does not require the driver at any time while using it, to press any thing on the body of the phone or otherwise to manipulate any part of the body of the phone;
 
or
 
(b)  the visual display of the phone is being used as a driver’s aid in accordance with regulation 264 and the use of the phone does not require the driver, at any time while using it, to press any thing on the body of the phone or otherwise to manipulate any part of the body of the phone.
 
(3) For the purposes of this regulation, a driver does not use a mobile phone if —
 
(a) a text message, video message, email or similar communication is received automatically by the phone; and
 
(b) on and after the receipt, the communication itself, rather than any indication that the communication has been received, does not become automatically visible on the screen of the phone.
 

For more information visit the Western Australia Office of Road Safety website.

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