Exhibition Vehicles Option

This option is covered by Regulation 18(1)(e) of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.

The purpose of the option

The Exhibition Vehicles option allows for the importation of motor vehicles intended to be used primarily for exhibition purposes.

The vehicle must not be of a type generally available in Australia.

An exhibition includes any show or display for people to see. The exhibition is to be on public display (i.e. open to members of the general public).

Typical exhibition venues may be permanent (such as a motor museum) or temporary (such as a motor show).

How to apply

To apply for a Vehicle Import Approval under the Exhibition Vehicles option, you should provide to the Department:

  • A purchase document for the vehicle in your name (a purchase document can be a pro-forma invoice/receipt for deposit or full payment).
  • A document or letter from the museum /display operator agreeing to the display of the vehicle.

These documents are in addition to the documents required when you register on the portal. Refer to the How to apply page for further information.


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.

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Last Updated: 17 June, 2016