Vehicle certification

The links below provide detailed information and bulletins on all vehicle related standards set by the Australian Government, together with information on and links to the various vehicle certification schemes.

  • What is ‘vehicle certification’?

  • This factsheet PDF: 2.3 MB is aimed at educating and improving compliance of trailer manufacturers/suppliers (licensees) by making them aware of their responsibilities in a simple and easy to read document. The factsheet should be used as a starting point for licensees and does not replace other guidance material on the RVCS website.

  • RVCS allows vehicle manufacturers to electronically certify that the vehicles they supply to the Australian market meet prescribed safety standards specified in the Australian Design Rules (ADRs). This site also provides other information in relation to applicable certification standards and procedures.

  • The Low Volume Scheme for new vehicles allows for the supply to the market of up to 25 or 100 vehicles per year per vehicle category and allows alternative forms of evidence against some of the ADRs.

  • RAWS allows for the supply to the market of eligible used imported vehicles and allows alternative forms of evidence against some of the ADRs.

  • SEVS establishes the eligibility of vehicles to be made available in Australia which cater for specialist and enthusiast needs. SEVS applies under the new low volume (LVS) and used imported (RAWS) vehicle schemes.

  • It is strongly recommended that you do not ship your vehicle to Australia until such time as you are issued with a Vehicle Import Approval. A Vehicle Import Approval must be obtained to gain Customs clearance for entry into Australia. Check this information to find out if a vehicle is eligible for import and how to go about applying for an approval.

  • The ADRs set out design standards for vehicle safety and emissions. They are developed through a consultative process involving government, industry, employee and consumer representatives.

  • The VSB series provides information on the design, manufacture, sale, modification, maintenance, import and repair of road vehicles.

  • Follow this link for a full list of Road-Friendly Suspension Certificates.

  • These circulars provide guidance and information on the administrative arrangements covering the policy and procedures supporting the vehicle certification process.