Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1

25. Importing a Trailer into Australia

An import approval must be obtained for a vehicle to gain customs clearance at its point of entry to Australia. Vehicles that arrive in Australia without an import approval generally incur significant storage costs until an Import Approval is issued.

It is strongly recommended that you do not ship your vehicle to Australia until such time as you are issued with an Import Approval. If you ship your vehicle before receiving an approval and your vehicle arrives before the application is processed, you may incur storage costs from the shipping company/freight forwarder. You may also be open to prosecution, as it is an offence to import a vehicle without an import approval. Importation takes place when a vehicle is landed within the port of intended discharge and not once the vehicle clears customs control. If the import application is not approved, you will have to either export the vehicle or have it destroyed at your own expense. Destruction will need to take place under Customs supervision.

For trailers with an ATM of less than 4.5 Tonnes (4,500kgs) please refer to Administrators Circular 0-2-7.

For trailers with an ATM which exceeds 4.5 Tonnes (4,500kgs) please refer to Administrators Circular 0-3-6.

(For further information, please refer to Importing Vehicles into Australia—booklet)

26. Useful Contacts

27.1 DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT—VEHICLE IMPORTS TEAM.
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 1800 815 272 (Australia only) or
(02) 6274 7444
Fax: (02) 6274 6013
Internet: infrastructure.gov.au
E-mail: Vehicle Imports
27.3 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES (QUARANTINE)
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601
General Enquiries: 1300 900 090 (Australia only)
+ 61 3 8318 6700 (Overseas only)
Internet: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity
Contact: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/general-inquiries
27.2 2 DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION (CUSTOMS)
General Enquiries: 1300 363 263 (Australia only)
+ 61 2 8339 6000 (Overseas only)
Fax: (02) 8339 6714
Internet: http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Impo/Impo-1
Contact: http://www.border.gov.au/about/contact
27.4 AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE (LUXURY CAR TAX)
Luxury Car Tax
GPO Box 9990
In Your Capital City
Phone: 13 28 69
Internet: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Luxury-car-tax/
Contact: Australian Tax Office

LOCAL STATE AND TERRITORY REGISTERING AUTHORITIES

New South Wales

27.5 ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES, NSW
101 Miller Street North Sydney NSW 2060
(Locked Bag 928 North Sydney NSW 2059)
Phone: 13 22 13
Internet: www.rms.nsw.gov.au
Contact: Roads and Traffic Registering Authority NSW

Western Australia

27.9 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
GPO Box R1290
Driver and Vehicle Services
PERTH WA 6844
Phone: 13 11 56 (local) or (08) 9427 6404
Fax: 1300 669 995 or
from outside Australia +61 89427 8191
Internet: www.transport.wa.gov.au/
Contact: Department of Transport

Victoria

27.6 VIC ROADS
60 Denmark Street
KEW VIC 3101
Phone: 13 11 71 (local) or (03) 9854 2666
Internet: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
E-mail: VIC Roads

Tasmania

27.10 DEPARTMENT OF STATE GROWTH
GPO Box 536
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 135 513
Internet: http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/
Contact: info@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Queensland

27.7 QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS
GPO Box 2211
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: 13 23 80 (local) or (07) 3405 0985
Internet: www.tmr.qld.gov.au
Contact: Queensland Transport

Northern Territory

27.11 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
GPO Box 2520
DARWIN NT 0801
Phone: 1300 654 628
Internet: http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/
Contact: http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/about-us/contact-us

South Australia

27.8 DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
GPO BOX 1533
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 13 1084 or (08) 8343 2222
Internet: www.dpti.sa.gov.au/welcome
Contact: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Australian Captial Territory

27.12 ROAD TRANSPORT AUTHORITY
PO Box 582
DICKSON ACT 2602
Phone: 13 22 81 or (02) 6207 5111
Fax: (02) 6267 6561
Internet: www.rego.act.gov.au
Contact: http://www.rego.act.gov.au/functions/contact-us

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Last Updated: 13 December, 2017