Australian Design Rules Downloadable Resource (previously ADR CD-ROM)

In line with the national program for Australian Design Rule (ADR) development, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) amends or develops ADRs and related information. A resource containing the ADRs and related information has previously been provided on CD-ROM (known as the ADR CD-ROM) through a paid subscription service. This service is being transitioned to an equivalent online ‘ADR Resource’ that is downloadable free of charge. The ADR Resource will be provided as a .zip file for easy transfer to hard disk or USB media and as a .iso file for easy transfer to CD-ROMs.

The .zip and .iso files will be made available on this page from 31 January 2018.

As previously, the downloadable ADR Resource will be updated periodically and will contain the same content that subscribers have previously received on the ADR CD-ROM:

  • General overview of new and amended standards since the availability of the periodic ADR Online Resource
  • Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
  • Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989
  • Second Edition ADRs (applying to vehicles manufactured from 1969 to 1989)
  • Third Edition ADRs (applying to vehicles manufactured from 2 August 1989)
  • Administrator's Circulars
  • Vehicle Standards Bulletins
  • Registered Automotive Workshop Information and Forms
  • Test Facility Inspection Manual
  • Road Vehicle Certification System
  • Importing Vehicles into Australia
  • Government Gazettes.

Transition to a downloadable ADR Resource

From 31 January 2018, the Department will phase out the ADR CD-ROM and replace it with an equivalent online ADR Resource that is downloadable free of charge. The ADR Resource will be provided as a .zip file format for easy transfer to hard disk or USB media and as an .iso file for easy transfer to CD-ROMs.

This change adapts to the progress in technology and the reduced access to CD ROM drives. It also removes subscriber fees and provides continuous access to the latest ADR Resource.

The subscription service is no longer available and subscription fees no longer apply. Existing ADR CD-ROM subscribers can expect a final copy of the ADR CD-ROM mailed to them by 31 January 2018. The final ADR CD-ROM will contain the same content as the downloadable ADR Resource.

Register for notification that an updated ADR Resource is available for download

Subscribers who have previously provided an email address will automatically be registered for notification of the availability of the periodically updated ADR Resource. If you were not a subscriber but wish to be notified of the availability of an updated downloadable ADR Resource, please register your email address on the ADR Resource notification service.

Register for notifications to updates to specific ADRs

As continues to be the case, notifications relating to amendments to specific ADRs can be received by registering an account with the Federal Register of Legislation at the following website: https://www.legislation.gov.au/MyAccount.

Further information

For further information, you may email the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch at vimports@infrastructure.gov.au

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Last Updated: 13 December, 2017