Special vehicles not covered under other options may be approved with discretion in exceptional circumstances, usually with conditions relating to usage and disposal on the Vehicle Import Approval.
These discretions permit the importation of non-standard vehicles outside of normal certification arrangements.
In particular, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (or delegate) may decide to approve an application for the import of a vehicle notwithstanding that:
- the vehicle is not certified as meeting Australian safety or emission standards; and
- the vehicle does not qualify under one of the defined importation schemes (the defined schemes). The defined schemes are established by various provisions of the Act and the Regulations. Each scheme covers a specific class of vehicle or applicant. These schemes exist to cover circumstances where vehicle certification is not a viable or practical option.
In deciding whether to exercise a general discretion, the Minister (or delegate) may make a decision based on reasons submitted by the applicant as well as other relevant reasons.
You may raise with the Department reasons why you consider your application should be approved—and why a general discretion should be exercised to allow the importation of your vehicle. Each application is considered on its merits having regard to the policy and objects of the legislation, any relevant matters raised by the applicant and any other relevant matter.
For more information, please contact the Department's Vehicle Imports Enquiry Team on 1-800-815-272.
The information provided on this page should be used as guidance material only for importing a vehicle into Australia. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation prior to lodging an application.